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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma announced the names of the 25 men and women who will serve as commissioners on the national planning commission.
The commission, under the guidance of Trevor Manuel in the Presidency, has a huge responsibility.
The commissioners, who areexperts in various fields, have to produce a national development plan and development vision statement for the country.
They are expected to chart the way forward for the country. They have a difficult job.
If they fail the country will be left with no clear objectives and delivery for the future. If they succeed, we will have a clear vision for the future.
As expected not all relevant stakeholders are satisfied with some of the commissioners.
Some claim the commission is pro-capitalist and will not serve the developmental state agenda while others accuse the Presidency of leaning more towards labour and communist preferences.
Either way, the commission's main aim is to ensure that the country has a clear vision for the future and will be able to execute and achieve the objectives.
I hope the President is right when he says the commissioners are appointed in their personal capacities and do not represent any organisation or stakeholder interest.
I also hope that the commission will not create a super ministry within the Presidency.
Ministers will still be in control of their departments and will be answerable to Parliament, not to the commissioners.
I welcome any move that will help the government accelerate and expand service delivery.
Kiekie Mboweni, Nkowankowa