Prof Tinyiko Maluleke with His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings.
The aim of the meeting was for the NPC to give the President the heads-up on its nationally significant ten year review of the implementation - or lack thereof - of the National Development Plan (NDP).
As spokesperson of the delegation, Prof Maluleke outlined the disturbing picture that is emerging, to President Ramaphosa. “The dream of a state that is capable of implementing the noble goals of the NDP is in tatters.”
“The NDP itself - which is the only cross-cutting development vision of the country, has not only been pushed to the margins of government planning, it has also not been institutionalised across government spheres and departments. Nor has it become the societal rallying point it was intended to be.”
Initially the meeting between the NPC and the President was scheduled for two hours. However, the President met with the NPC for four full hours. The NPC has made several proposals as to how the implementation of the NDP can get back on track.
We are delighted that the Tshwane University of Technology was represented at the event, by non other than its own VC and Principal, and Prof Mashupye Maserumule, Executive Dean at the Faculty of Humanities.