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zumaPresident Jacob Zuma used a celebratory dinner for the National Development Plan (NDP) to stress the importance of inclusive economic growth in accomplishing the goals of the national plan.  

His address in Cape Town on Tuesday evening, at an event to mark the fifth anniversary of the NDP, was a tempered version of the "radical economic transformation" mantra his backers have become known for, ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December.  Instead, Zuma opted for a reference to "inclusive growth".  Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said SA should not become so preoccupied with its current economic state that society forgets that the NDP is working towards 2030.  Yet, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini is reported to have insisted on Monday that workers have “little to celebrate” in relation to the NDP.  “There is nothing to celebrate about the NDP in its current form.  The labour market chapter emphasises labour flexibility and deregulation of labour laws.  It is obsessed with a neoliberal economic trajectory,” Dlamini claimed.  He added that the ANC’s decision to shove the NDP down its alliance partners’ throats was a telltale sign of an unbalanced ANC-led tripartite alliance.

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