Fedusa welcomes NPC green paper

THE Federation of Unions of South Africa has welcomed the revised National Planning Commission green paper released by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel last week.

THE Federation of Unions of South Africa has welcomed the revised National Planning Commission green paper released by Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel last week.

"It clearly defines the role of the NPC, which highlights the importance of a planning body that will be critical towards a sound future for South Africa," the federation said yesterday.

The NPC was a much-needed planning body that would make it easier for the Cabinet to take long-term planning decisions.

"The green paper sets out the structures of the NPC, which is to contribute to the government's long-term plans through the production of high quality evidence-based research," Fedusa said.

"In no way do we think the NPC will take over the role of Cabinet, so as a nation we should not confuse planning and politics, for it's important that any country and nation must plan in order to work towards growth and stability."

The revised green paper, released by Manuel in Pretoria on Friday, reduces the originally proposed powers of the 20 commissioners who will serve on the NPC.

The first green paper, released last year, raised the anger of Cosatu, which felt it conferred too much power on the commission, making its head more powerful than cabinet ministers.

"We have taken out executive functions, we can't remove executive powers from Cabinet," Manuel said .

It was hoped the NPC would produce its first report within 18 months, he said.

Nominations for the 20 commissioners were available online. The cut-off date was February 10. - Sapa

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