National Planning Commission of South Africa

South African government agency

National Planning Commission of South Africa
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Agency overview
Formed11 May 2010; 12 years ago (2010-05-11)[1]
JurisdictionGovernment of South Africa
HeadquartersUnion Buildings, Government Road, Pretoria
Agency executives
  • Mondli Gungubele, Chairperson
  • Tinyiko Maluleke, Deputy Chairperson
Parent agencyThe Presidency

The National Planning Commission of South Africa is a South African government agency established in May 2010, responsible for strategic planning for the country.

The head of the commission reports to the President, and works with various ministries to co-ordinate joint priority projects that require a multifaceted approach.[2] Trevor Manuel was appointed the first head of the commission by President Jacob Zuma. The commission is chaired by the Minister in the Presidency, heading a panel of "external experts". To avoid turf wars, it will not include Ministers.

In June 2014, then Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, was appointed as the Chairman of the Commission with Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe as his deputy.[3]

In December 2021, a third National Planning Commission for the period 2021-2026 was established, with Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, appointed as Chairperson.[4]


  1. Lead the development of a strategy for a post Covid-19 economy and society to deal with the country’s triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality by 2030.
  2. Support strong leadership that will be required to mobilize society to promote the acceleration in implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) towards 2030.
  3. Assist in forging a conversation among key stakeholders, leading to effective and impactful social compacts on a number of key issues facing the country.
  4. Advise on key issues such as food security, water security, energy choices, economic development, the economy’s structure, social cohesion, education, health, 4IR, public transport, industrial development, spatial planning and climate change.
  5. Undertake research and building a body of evidence on critical matters for long term planning and development of South Africa. Strengthen the use of evidence and the quality of empirical data, generated from impact assessments for national planning.
  6. Monitor, review and assess progress in achieving the NDP.
  7. Provide evidence-based advice on futuristic national planning and foresight scenario planning to implement the plan towards 2030 better.
  8. Contribute to the development of international partnerships and networks on national planning.[5]


  1. ^ "National Development Plan 2030: Our Future - Make it work" (PDF). ISBN 9780621411805. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 September 2022.
  2. ^ Bathandwa Mbola (10 May 2009). "South Africa:New Planning Commission to Boost Govt". BuaNews (Tshwane). Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Experts discuss Manuel's NPC". News24. 9 November 2009. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Appointment of third National Planning Commission (2021-2026) | The Presidency". Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  5. ^ "Presidency welcomes appointed members of third National Planning Commission | South African Government". Retrieved 13 September 2022.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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