“Towards Realisation of Vision 2016: Sustainable and Diversified Development Through
Competitiveness in Global Markets”
KGATLENG DISTRICT COUNCIL
KGATLENG DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
DDP6 is our Sixth District Development Plan. Coincidentally, it is also a six-year plan starting from the 1st April 2003 up to 31st March 2009.
The first four District Development Plans operated on a three-year time frame. DDP5 was the First District Development Plan to observe a six-year time frame aliened with the National Development Plan Eight, NDP 8. Similarly, DDP6 is aliened to NDP9.
The plan is a result of an intensive consultation with communities and other stakeholders. Therefore it reflects the aspirations and wishes of the Kgatleng community. The theme of NDP 9 is “Towards the Realisation of Vision 2016: Sustainable and Diversified Development through competitiveness in global market”. Government has made a commitment during the Mid-Term Review of National Development Plan 8 that plans should be guided by Vision 2016, which charts the development of the nation into the 21st Century. Our plan therefore will focus on projects and programmes which drive the nation towards the realisation of the pillars of Vision 2016. Of course we have other challenges that we have to face during the plan period such as HIV/AIDS, Environmental Conservation, Public Sector Reforms to name just but a few. These will also be taken on board together with Vision 2016.
However, we commence the DDP6 planning period with serious funding constraint; following our initial consultations with communities, we had to re-negotiate with the communities to reduce their project proposals by about eighty percent (80%). Compounding this problem is the decision by government to recognise environmental costs of development. This process has the effect of raising the cost of developments, in the short term.
Our challenge during the implementation of DDP6 shall be to avoid front-loading the plan. Instead, we will have t o ensure a balanced distribution of projects implemented over the entire six-year period. This is an important lesson learnt from DDP5 implementation that revealed through the midterm review exercise; I therefore call upon all the stakeholders to exercise vigilance.
Finally, I take this opportunity to thank not only those who have participated in the preparation of this plan, but also those who contributed indirectly to the entire exercise.