IJR Policy Brief No 5 - Planning for the future: Considerations relating to the mandate and bureaucratic context of the National Planning Commission's National Development Plan
By Ralph Mathekga
Date of publication: December 2011
Only available electronically
By looking at the structure of government in South Africa following the formation of the National Planning Commission (NPC), this briefing paper explores whether the recently released National Development Plan (NDP) provides an adequate framework to sustain its very implementation. Is the plan implementable? What model of institutional arrangement is a prerequisite for a sustained implementation of the plan? This paper does not address the question of whether the priorities and outcomes identified in the plan are possible to achieve, but rather attempts to map whether sufficient co-ordination is possible to ensure the implementation of the plan. When the outcomes of a plan become apparent and are tallied, a planner then assesses whether the plan succeeded, in other words whether a relationship exists between the actual outcome being experienced, on the one hand, and the envisaged outcome and the framework that was adopted to arrive at that outcome, on the other.