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State of the Nation Address: Read Jacob Zuma’s Key Points (Plus: Entire Speech)

State of the Nation: South Africa 2012�2013In his State of the Nation address (SONA) last night at Parliament in Cape Town, President Jacob Zuma touched on some of the pertinent socio-economic issues facing South Africa.

City Press has compiled a list of “10 things worth knowing” about SONA 2014. On the topic of unemployment, Zuma pointed out that a total of 650 000 jobs were created last year. He also told South Africans that regulations would be crafted to “ensure that the youth wage subsidy does not displace old workers”, reports Sabelo Ndlangisa. Other important points were related to service delivery, corruption, land reform, healthcare, transformation of the judiciary and mining.

1. Zuma says service-delivery protests are not a function of disgruntlement with the government’s service delivery record but a result of the impatience of the few (5%) with the success of the government.

2. The war against corruption continues, and 1 542 public officials have been sacked following tipoffs to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline.

If you want to know more, read Zuma’s full speech on the SA Government website. You can also consult State of the Nation: South Africa 2012–2013: Addressing Inequality and Poverty edited by Jonathan D Jansen, Francis Nyamnjoh, Udesh Pillay and Gerard Hagg for more on South Africa’s progress on soscio-economic and political matters.

Good evening, sanibonani, molweni, dumelang, riperile, ndimadekwana, goeienaand.

I wish to thank the Presiding Officers for this opportunity to speak to the people of South Africa, on this occasion of the last State of the Nation Address, of the fourth democratic administration.

I would like to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of the late Honourable Mr Ben Skhosana, one of the longest serving and most senior members of this august house and our former Minister of Correctional Services.

This speech was not enough to impress opposition parties, however, as they criticised Zuma for focusing too much on the past and not announcing new initiatives. Moneyweb reported on the opposition’s reaction to Zuma’s points on the economy, jobs, local business, mining, fracking, corruption and crime.

President Jacob Zuma has delivered his State of the Nation (SONA) speech to Parliament, focusing very much on the past rather than the future, but raising some burning immediate issues, from the weak rand to strikes in the mining sector and violent protests.

Commentators and opposition politicians said the President had not delivered on many of his promises to the nation and that his speech was thin on announcing new initiatives. Opposition political leaders said they were left wanting, especially about job creation, while economist, Chris Hart, said Zuma had failed to deal with measures to pull South Africa out of its economic malaise.

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  • State of the Nation: South Africa 2012–2013: Addressing Inequality and Poverty edited by Jonathan D Jansen, Francis Nyamnjoh, Udesh Pillay, Gerard Hagg
    EAN: 9780796924223
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