NDP implementation framework unveiled

first_img8 August 2014 Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe on Thursday released the government’s comprehensive framework for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) over the next five years. The Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) will serve as a prioritisation framework to focus the government’s efforts on a set of manageable programmes, as well as the principal guide to the allocation of resources across all spheres of government. Radebe said the MTSF was a mechanism through which all five-year strategic plans and annual plans across government were being aligned to the NDP and made to pull in the same direction. “The aim of the MTSF is to ensure policy coherence, alignment and coordination across government plans.” He added that the MTSF would form the basis for performance agreements between the President and ministers. “Cabinet will use the MTSF as the basis for monitoring the implementation of the NDP over the next five years. Cabinet will consider progress reports for each of the outcomes at least three times a year, and these progress reports will be made public through the Programme of Action website managed by the [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency]. “We will use our monitoring and evaluation work to inform improvements to our plans and programmes as we implement the MTSF.”14 priority outcomes The MTSF is structured around 14 priority outcomes, covering the focus areas identified in the NDP, namely: In each of these outcomes, the MTSF document outlines goals, indicators, targets, actions and responsibilities. Regarding the rapid economic growth outcome, Radebe said the MTSF would set the wheels in motion to grow the economy by a rate of 5% by 2019. “Government’s programme of radical transformation is about placing the economy on a qualitatively different path that ensures more rapid, sustainable growth, higher investment, increased employment, reduced inequality and deracialisation of the economy.”Targets for the economy MTSF targets include increasing the investment rate to 25 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), increasing public sector investment to 10 percent of GDP, adding 10 000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid, and reducing the country’s unemployment to 14 percent. MTSF also includes actions aimed at diversifying in order to reduce economic concentration. “It focuses on ensuring growth in the core productive sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture, and opening new areas of economic growth such as the oceans economy, the green economy and shale gas.” There are also actions to ensure that small business can make a much larger contribution to growth and job creation, as well as actions to promote increased private sector investment. This is critical for higher growth, Radebe said, as the private sector accounts for 70 percent of production and employment. “The MTSF includes actions aimed at achieving an economic environment that encourages business investment and rewards competitiveness, especially in sectors that can catalyse longer term growth and job creation.”More opportunities for young people He said the NDP and MTSF included a range of actions aimed at creating more opportunities for young people, many of whom did not currently share in the benefits of economic growth and development. “The priority areas of youth development are employment creation, entrepreneurship support and education. By rapidly absorbing youth into the mainstream development of our country, we will have responded effectively to the fact that of the approximately 25 percent unemployed in South Africa, the vast majority are young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years.”Local government outcomes Radebe said the MTSF also introduced a range of actions to improve municipal management, such as providing basic water, sanitation, refuse removal and road services as well as fixing potholes, traffic lights, service interruptions and billing problems. He said the Auditor-General’s 2014 audit outcomes report indicated that local government was far from achieving the vision of an efficient and effective local government as outlined in the NDP. Actions in the MTSF related to improving local government include addressing maintenance and new infrastructure requirements in each municipality; addressing water and sanitation challenges among water services authorities; improving the financial management and governance of municipalities; and tackling corruption at local government. The MTSF also aims to expand the Community Work Programme sites in 234 municipalities in order to reach one-million participants.Reducing crime and corruption South Africa has unacceptably high levels of crime, especially serious and violent crime, according to the NDP. This affects economic development, undermining people’s well-being and their ability to achieve their potential. Some progress has been made over the past five years in reducing serious crime rates. But weaknesses in forensic, detective, investigation and prosecution services hamper the government’s efforts to reduce the overall levels of crime, particularly contact crimes. “The NDP highlights the need to address the crime that is damaging our communities, and the MTSF contains a range of actions and targets in this regard,” Radebe said. The NDP vision is that, by 2030, people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and enjoy a community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in the street and children should be able to play safely outside. Businesses should be able to invest confidently and create jobs without the threat of livelihoods being undermined by crime. Source: SAnews.gov.za Quality basic education.A long and healthy life for all South Africans.Safety, and sense of safety, for all people in South Africa.Decent employment through inclusive growth.A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path.An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities contributing towards food security for all.Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.A comprehensive, responsive and sustainable social protection system.Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government.Protected and enhanced environmental assets and natural resources.An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service.A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity.A better South Africa contributing to a better Africa and a better world.last_img read more

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Internet Of Things: The Danger of Ignoring the Problem of RF Pollution

first_imgRadio-frequency (RF) noise is around us everywhere.  The sources of RF pollution come from things like electric motors,  digital appliances, and industrial machinery.  All these machines and devices are sending out signals across a range of frequencies which can interfere with other devices.Imagine now what happens when we now start deploying thousands or millions or even billions more tiny Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, each equipped with a transmitter or a way to connect to the Internet.  RF pollution will undoubtedly increase, and so also will the likelihood that device transmissions will interfere with each other.“The coming Internet of Things is going to make things worse. Much worse. It will do so by adding complex RF-control chips to countless common devices, like door locks, light switches, appliances of every type, our cars, and maybe even our bodies, which will enable them to connect to the Internet. Each of these chips is a potential source of noise. Plenty of technological fixes are available, of course, but the huge number of chips means that manufacturers will be more reluctant to add costly shielding and other noise-muffling features to their products,” write Mark A. McHenry, Dennis Roberson and Robert J. Matheson in an IEEE article.Wireless phones are likely victims of RF pollution.  On the one hand, devices like cellphones are being made to work using the lowest amount of power possible, but that can also result in devices that are more susceptible to RF interference.Solutions to the RF pollution problem are complicated by the fact that actually very little data has been collected about RF pollution.  We know it’s out there, but there have been few studies to measure how much there is, or to find out where there are RF pollution hotspots, or to know which devices are most likely to interfere with each other.  That kind of research just hasn’t been done.  But RF pollution is a problem that can ultimately cause very serious problems if we continue to ignore it.last_img read more

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Google Gives Everyone $10 to Try New Google Wallet…but There’s a Catch

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Related Posts Hey! Free Money!According to the Google Wallet website, the Google Prepaid Card is a virtual credit card which you can fund with any of your existing credit card accounts. The funding source doesn’t have to be Citi, nor does it have to be a MasterCard. Instead, you’ll simply activate the preloaded prepaid card within the Wallet application to begin to use it. Because the Google Prepaid Card is virtual, you won’t receive a plastic card in the mail, explains Google.And here’s the best part: Google will give you $10 for free just for activating its PrePaid Card. That means free money to spend at Google’s partners’ shops, a list that includes Peet’s Coffee, Subway, Walgreens, Toys R Us, American Eagle Outfitters, Foot Locker, Bloomingdale’s, The Container Store, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Jamba Juice, Guess, Macy’s, Walgreens and more. Plus, Google Wallet works at any MasterCard Paypass-enabled merchant, like CVS, Sports Authority, Jack in the Box, Sunoco and The Coca Cola Company (select vending machines).Is There a Catch? Depends on How Creepy You Think Google is…In all seriousness, if you’re wondering why Google is pushing Google Wallet so hard that it’s willing to hand out free cash, you have to understand Google’s core business. No, not search, silly! Advertising.With a mobile payments system like Google Wallet, the company can track transactions all the way through from the first time a user clicks on an ad in Google’s search results to the time of checkout at the point-of-sale. It will also open up whole new forms of advertising, like geo-targeted ads based on your current location, offers that appear when you search for a local business through Google’s Yelp-like Google Places service, offers that appear when you search just for a business category (e.g., “lunch,” “drug store”), Groupon-like group-buying deals, offers that appear on store loyalty cards loaded into the Wallet service, offers available on physical signage, in-store displays, posters, NFC-enabled tags and more.Google wants to tie all parts of the buying process together starting with the initial research (for larger purchases, perhaps) or the on-the-go queries performed on your mobile phone all the way to the end result – the merchant that gets your money. And it wants to keep track of your shopping habits and trends, so it can serve you even better ads. More targeted, highly personalized ads that are more likely to appeal to you, and you alone.How very Minority Report.In a way, this is type of narrowed down targeting isn’t all that different from what Facebook provides advertisers today – a way to direct a message to carefully selected and filtered members of the online population. For example, a Facebook advertiser could direct ads to all unmarried women aged 25-35 who live within 20 miles of New York. Google, on the other hand, will know you not only through your Google profile and use of its numerous other services, it will also know you in a way that may have even more appeal to some advertisers: where you spend, how much, how often, where you are now and what you’re trying to find. Sounds like a winning formula, and maybe a little creepy.But that’s Google for you. As Chairman Eric Schmidt once said while CEO, “Google policy is to get right to the creepy line and not cross it.”Did it succeed? Tags:#web Google’s NFC-enabled mobile wallet was announced this morning in partnership with mobile operator Sprint, issuing bank Citi and payment network MasterCard. But did you know that you don’t have to be a Citi card holder to try the service? As it turns out, Google is also offering a free “virtual” card which you can load up with funds from any account. And to get you enthused about testing this new mobile payments technology, Google is giving everyone $10 for free to get started. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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All Change for Windows Server Users

first_imgIntel at CeBIT – Windows Server 2003: End of SupportThe end of life of Windows Server 2003 presents security and software issues for enterprises that stay on the platform. But there are opportunities for those who adopt the latest hardware and software platforms, including green IT and greater processing power. This video was original published on http://www.computerworlduk.com/sponsored-article/it-business/3608608/intel-at-cebit–windows-server-2003-end-of-support/last_img

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ED conducts searches in Delhi, Gurgaon in IPL betting case

first_imgThe raids were conducted in connection with an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 croreThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted searches in and around Delhi in connection with its hawala probe against some betting syndicates related allegedly to IPL T-20 cricket matches.Sources said that about four locations in Delhi and neighbouring Gurgaon were covered during the searches which are being conducted by the Ahmedabad office of the agency in coordination with their local counterparts.”The searches are being conducted on some suspects who acted as bookies during the recent Indian Premier League matches held in the county.”The probe is being handled by the ED Ahmedabad office, which is investigating the case for hawala and money laundering charges,” sources said.The Ahmedabad office of ED had on March 19 claimed to have busted a racket and arrested some bookies from a farmhouse on the outskirts of Vadodara in Gujarat.Later, the agency arrested 13 others in connection with the alleged betting racket.On March 26, the same office registered a money laundering case against two prime suspects and a few others in an alleged IPL betting racket worth Rs 4,000 crore.The accused have been charged by ED under Sections 418 (cheating), 419 (punishment for cheating), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (using forged document as genuine) along with Section 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.Sources said that a “good cache” of mobile phones, documents and computer peripherals have been seized during today’s operation.Locations in Delhi’s Karol Bagh, Shastri Nagar and Gurgaon are being searched, they added.advertisementlast_img read more

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