Online applications will fast-track appointments to the National Planning Commission, says minister in the presidency Trevor Manuel. For its newly-established National Planning Commission (NPC), the Presidency has introduced online applications. This may result in fastening the nomination process through the use of Web-based submissions. Minister in the presidency Trevor Manuel explained that the presidency has opened nominations for 20 commissioners. Additionally, it was explained that online applications would increase the number of nominations received and would also speed up the application process.
Nominations for the NPC, which is tasked with drafting a long-term vision and strategic plan for the country, will be open until 10 February. The development challenges are to be identified the NPC , along with defining priorities over the next five years from the 10 strategic priorities identified in the framework. These include ensuring more inclusive economic growth, decent work and sustainable livelihoods, economic and social infrastructure, rural development, food security and land reform, access to quality education, improved healthcare and fighting crime and corruption.