Planning for Thandi’s future – Diagnostic Report – National Planning Commission (NPC)

Planning for Thandi’s future – Diagnostic Report – National Planning Commission (NPC)

You may ask why government needs
a planning function. Surely it has so much power, it can
pass laws in Parliament, it can employ people, it can design policies. But what we’ve seen in South Africa and the
story told by the diagnostic released by the National Planning
Commission is that things go wrong, and it’s very important to understand
what goes wrong and to fix it. It’s for this reason that the Planning
Commission was set up, to try and bring these issues together and focus
on the future. So let’s take all of these
stories together and let me share with you the story of
Thandi. Thadi is a young African woman, eighteen years old, passed Grade 12 in 2010. She was part of a group of just under 1.4 million five, six, seven and eight year olds who started school together in January 1999. But, so many of those who started with her
dropped out at various points The bulk of them, some 46% in fact, drop out
at high school between Grades 8 and 12. The people who come through the system there were only six hundred odd thousand
left of Thandi’s group by the time they sat to write grade twelve. 13% attained education sufficient to get them into university
and a further 12 % allowing them to enter a college to do a diploma. So it’s a very small 25% of those who started have the opportunity to take
things further. But, out of that entire group
somebody like Thandi who went to a school where virtually everybody is
poor and African because she is
a female her chances were only 4% to
get into university. Getting a university pass does not
automatically mean that she would attend a university. In Thandi’s case she couldn’t. Financial and other reasons
compelled her to remain at home and look for a job. The first year, 2011 there was only a 13% chance
that she would get a job. In fact, if one were to project this over the
first five years after school, there is only a one-in-four chance that
she would get a job. And once she has a job, of earning an income
above the median of R4000 a month is down to a mere 2%. One in fifty of people who leave school will earn
more than R4000 a month in the first five years after school. She’s likely to get a bit of piece
work here and there that may last a few weeks in one case. A few months, in another case.
But for that period and for, in fact all, of her working life it is unlikely that she will earn above the poverty line of R418 per month. So this means for all of her child bearing years she will be trapped in poverty, her children will be born in poverty, the cycle of poverty will continue. In fact, ironically, the first time that she is likely to break
through the poverty barrier would be when she turns 60 and then gets
a state old age pension. It’s an important story to understand because there are so many Thandis
in South Africa and education is a fundamental,
important part of it. But it’s not the only part. Access to health care.
Access to community services. Whether this be water,
electricity, sanitation or broad-band. Access to public transport. Whether there is a library in the
community or not. All of these, are fundamentally important parts of trying to improve on the lives of people
in South Africa. And it’s in understanding the story of Thandi that they can bring all of these issues together, bring them home, and ensure the country can focus
attention on every aspect of what needs to be done. We need coordinated and focused implementation. This will only happen if there is
leadership within the country, within the province, within the village,
within the school, within Thandi’s peers, everything needs to come
together. We must ensure that leadership is interested, focused and determined to
drive the changes together. This is what brings planning into play that makes it
so important in South Africa now. The National Plan has to attack the plight of poverty
and exclusion and nurture economic growth at one and the
same time this will create a virtuous cycle of
expanding opportunities, building of capabilities, reducing poverty all of it involving communities in their
own development and leading to rising living standards. such virtuous cycle requires agreement
across society about the contribution and sacrifices of
all sectors and interests. This will translate into greater
confidence and a greater field of opportunites for individuals and the country. Growth and development in reducing
poverty and inequality are the core elements in
this virtuous cycle. Strong leadership throughout society, national consensus, social cohesion and a capable state
are its’ key enablers. For the virtuous cycle to work you don’t only need government, you need everybody. For the success of whether it’s working is in the lives
of millions of people who, like Thandi, face a struggle to improve on the quality of their lives. That is the change that the plan must bring, that is the new form of accountability, that is the shift from where we’ve been to something new. A new story about South Africa one that we will build together. Thank you very much for your
interest in the life of Thandi.


16 thoughts on “Planning for Thandi’s future – Diagnostic Report – National Planning Commission (NPC)”

  • My two cents:
    1) Remove exchange controls and all other artificial means to keep the rand stronger than it needs to be.
    2) Simplify or remove regulation vigorously. If you don't ABSOLUTELY need a form for it, you shouldn't have form for it.
    3) Drop all forms of BEE immediately, it will never do anything but make Africans poorer and widen the gap. Use Keynesian means instead, South Africa is now in a good position to do so.
    4) Stop aiming for perfection as a society.

  • Herman Geldenhuys says:

    The idea of leadership is being used as a convenient propaganda tool. If we keep on making everybody a leader, it loses its meaning. A merit-based system should by definition strengthen society, and propagate to its lowest parts. Those who are already leaders, should be stewards also, and justly care for those they govern.

  • Great use of animation to create a clear picture of the problem, and communicate the urgency of the issues at hand! Can't wait to see the next one!

  • Thandi was plonked before the TV as a free babysitter from her earliest days. Her brain paths atrophied and she learned to be a passive consumer. Although there was a library nearby with free children's books, nobody in her family took her to it. They were too busy feeling sorry for themselves. Furthermore, Thandi was told repeatedly that she would only be a REAL woman if she had a baby, etc, etc. So she did, and got trapped in a further cycle of poverty.

  • Another good video, Trevor (et. al.), and I do think that the animations assist greatly is enhancing what is said. I don't watch much national TV, but I hope that the message gets out beyond YouTube and into areas of SA where this message needs to be heard. Keep up the good work.

  • Well done Trevor and team! The animation simplifies complex concepts and brings the problem closer to home. If all Saffers see this, listen and find ways to break the cycle in their lives, we can go a long way.

  • Saberah Gumede says:

    A very few of us young black south africans have been able to get out of the poverty cycle.It's upon us to help those like Thandi and assist in trying to stop the poverty cycle. Let's remember where we come from ….

  • This is so interesting & it simply says that we need to join hands & help those who are not aware of the harsh realities that we are currently faced with "to paint a clear picture". We also need to impact positively to the Society by doing something that will add value to those who are less fortunate than us "Generational assignment", we can't sit back and relax or act as if everything is A OKEY… Let's given more Love & See More Possibilities

  • The massive matter of ANC power mongering, arms deals, corruption, wasted billions and attempts to zip the voice of a free press is already well publicized.
    We should note that it is the same ANC powers behind 17 miserable years of failure that are peddling the plan.
    The ANC have had their chance – it is time to vote for a new SA and put the ANC on the back benches – lets vote to leave the NDP plan to a NEW Government where this plan will most likely stand the best chance of success.

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