South Africa continues to stand at a crossroads, posing a very serious threat to achieving the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 goals of full employment and a decent life for all. Urgent course correction is needed for revitalisation. This is the conclusion of the National Planning Committee’s (NPC) review of economic progress against NDP targets.
We make a distinction between the kind of programme needed to address poor performance and one that addresses a cross-roads. The latter requires greater focus in its leadership and planning to provoke course correction. Some of the proposals put forward below are already in motion, and, by design, nothing in the recommendations is ‘new’. Our aim is to encourage greater focus on essential actions required to course correct, upon which the larger transformation agenda relies. This should enable the whole country to focus minds, of implementing agents but also of the citizenry to set expectations.