A few months ago, Wonkie published an article about South Africa’s wonderful National Planning Commission (the NPC). This government agency, supposedly responsible for strategic planning for the country, was established in May 2009. Trevor Manuel currently heads the commission with his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.
With supreme strategic efficiency, the NPC took a couple of years to decide that it would be really good to plan to make a plan. To that end, they employed lots of external experts, possibly in a vain attempt to meet president Zuma’s optimistic job creation targets. Now, a mere 2 years and 4 months into its existence, the NPC decided to engage the public before they really start their serious planning. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the fermentation process for making the NPC Jam.
In case, like most South Africans, you have not heard about the NPC jam that took place last week, it was an online, IBM-powered, technology-enabled interaction session that truly engaged with the masses. Yes, believe it, just over 10,000 odd representative South African voices took part (because internet access and indeed the ability to read is ubiquitous in South Africa).
Now Wonkie has no problem with social inclusion and efforts by government to engage the public. Certainly the general public are more likely to have better ideas about the issues facing them than fat government officials snoozing in their ivory towers. The problem, Mr Manuel, is that everybody already knows what the problems are. They basically constitute the ticket of the ANC election campaign – job creation, education, stamping out corruption, service delivery and other such important challenges that are given more lip service than an over-enthusiastic prostitute.
Further, many of the solutions to the problems are also known – it’s just that the powers that be – i.e. the NPC and the rest of government, apparently have devised no proper, measurable plan to implement them yet. Granted that the NPC would have been unlikely to come up with an insightful suggestion to legalise weed all by themselves – so thank you South African public, for making your voices heard.
Now the process for making strawberry jam is very different. Firstly, it’s important to keep it simple and in season so you can’t plan for 2 years to make the jam. Secondly, there are plenty of really good 10 step recipes floating around, so you don’t need to redesign and reinvent the wheel. Thirdly, the jam itself is sweet, fun and anybody who wants to can eat it – not just a privileged few. Now if only there were a Strawberry Jam SETA to help the NPC with their process.
Wonkie is curious to to read your thoughts on the NPC jam and what needs to be done to fix South Africa – please take part in our poll below or leave your more detailed opinion in the comments section:
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Back to a serious note for a moment, Wonkie thinks the best way forward is for all government officials to experience what the general public experiences. Can you imagine blue light brigades being replaced with public transport? Or private healthcare schemes replaced by attendance at a public hospital? How about sending minister’s children to public schools? Perhaps then they might not spend a couple of years planning aimlessly and actually do what they are paid to do: deliver. Be sure you to leave your comment below – Wonkie is keen to read your opinion.
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