The unit was mandated to examine the experiences of various countries and to make proposals on SA’s planning framework. Visits were undertaken to countries such as Brazil, India, Malaysia and South Korea; there were interactions with peers from Nigeria, Sudan and other countries; and additional case studies were examined.
There had been some form of long-term planning in the government before the establishment of the commission in 2010. The 1994 Reconstruction and Development Programme was one such long-term perspective. But like a curator’s egg, it was a somewhat unbalanced mixture of immediate targets and long-term ideals.