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Limpopo Province reviews its performance

By: Emmaculate Cindi

Limpopo Provincial Government has recently held an in-depth discussion of the Limpopo Development Plan (LDP) which is adopted from the National Development Plan (NDP) to review its performance since its inception of current administration in 2014.

This Mid-Term review was held in partnership with the Sowetan Newspaper, and Capricorn FM which allowed political analysts, members of the public and political representatives of the province to gather at Meropa Casino to engage and critique the performance of the province in terms of its targets.

 

In March 2014 the Limpopo Economic Growth and Development Plan lapsed and left the province without a master plan to guide and direct the province’s development agenda.

When speaking on behalf of the Premier, MEC Seaparo Sekwati told the audience that the process of crafting the LDP was an all inclusive participatory process. “We have specifically enjoyed the participation of public entities, private sector, organised labour and the civil society in developing this plan. We can safely say that this process was stakeholder driven and the ultimate product is an honest reflection of the views of the people of this province regarding their own future and destiny”. Said MEC

The LDP is a 5 year Master Plan which aims to reduce poverty, fight unemployment and get rid of iniquality and accelerate social development. It focuses on Economic Development and transformation, infrastructure development, building a developmental state and fostering social cohesion and transformation.

LDP 2020 vision is to achieve economic growth rate of 3% revised in the light of the current performance of the global economy, creation of 429 000 jobs, increase access to basic water and sanitation from 83% in 2014 to 90%, improve Grade 12 results with a target of at least 80%, reduce unemployment rate from 16.9% to 14% and the reduction of inequality.

During his presentation, Director General of the Province Mr Nape Nchabeleng gave a detailed Mid-Term performance, which highlighted progress on the LDP targets including the Quarterly Labour Force Survey of 2016 which showed the largest employment gains in the Western Cape by 70 000 followed by Limpopo with 64 000 despite the province being the most rural in the country.

One of the crucial review was the improvement of audit outcome by the province which can be attributed to the political leadership taking accountability and improving governance in the province.