/ 30 April 2010

Ramaphosa, Godsell on National Planning Commission

African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa and former Eskom chairperson Bobby Godsell were appointed to the National Planning Commission (NPC) on Friday.

Also on the team announced by President Jacob Zuma are ANC national executive committee member Joel Netshitenzhe and Business Unity South Africa chief executive officer Jerry Vilakazi.

Making the announcement in Pretoria, Zuma said the commission would be chaired by Minister in the Presidency: National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel, with Ramaphosa as his deputy.

The 24 people on the team have expertise in areas including finance, industry, telecommunications, biotechnology, energy, education, food security and climate change.

According to the Presidency, the NPC will be responsible for developing a draft long-term vision and strategic plan for South Africa.

This would include discussion and engagement across the country, and opportunities for people to come forward with ideas and suggestions.

Its draft would be considered by the Cabinet and accepted, amended or rejected.

The commission would also advise the Cabinet on issues affecting South Africa’s long-term development.

Zuma said the commission would start work immediately. — Sapa