Support for national development plan will improve: economist


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, flanked by Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba (L) and Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe at a pre-Davos breakfast in Sandton on January 18, 2018.

JOHANNESBURG - Economist Bonke Dumisa says support for the national development plan (NDP) will improve now that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is also president of the ANC.



This follows Ramaphosa&39;s leadership of a delegation to the World Economic Forum, a trip that&39;s reportedly improved investor sentiment toward South Africa.



Economist Professor Bonke Dumisa said: “I believe that we are going to see a lot of good planning as it is now. And I’ll tell you the reason why. The deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, together with [former finance minister] Trevor Manual were the real drafters of the NDP. Trevor was the chairperson of the national planning commission and Ramaphosa was the deputy. Now that the ANC president is the person who drafted the NDP, even people who weren’t really comfortable expressing their happiness with the NDP, everyone is now positive about the NDP."