If we were honest, most of us would admit we have not read many of the important documents which are intended to shape our future. Fortunately there are organisations which make it their business to analyse plans, proposals and draft legislation – and who do so thoroughly.
One such institution is the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), which has completed a study of the National Development Plan (NDP), the economic development department’s New Growth Path (NGP), and the trade and industry department’s industrial policy action plan (IPAP).
CDE director Ann Bernstein concludes these plans are at odds with each other on what is obstructing employment growth; what kinds of new jobs could be created; in what sectors and at what pace. IPAP promises 2.447 million jobs by 2020, the NGP promises fi ve million and the NDP 5.9 million jobs by 2020 and a further five million by 2030.
This incoherence stems in part from a lack of intellectual leadership. With a non-reader at the helm, SA’s direction is a matter of luck.