10 things worth knowing from Zuma’s ‘we have a good story to tell’ speech

2014-02-13 21:29

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President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address was clearly pitched as an election campaign speech aimed at selling the achievements of the ANC to the electorate, and to keep critics of his record at bay.

It drew heavily from the 20-year report the government is expected to launch next month, and the ANC’s “we have a good story to tell” narrative.

It is a speech that steered clear of controversies such as Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

It sets the tone for his campaign ahead of the May 7 elections.

Here are 10 things worth knowing from Zuma’s speech tonight:

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.

3. At 15 million, more people are employed now than there have been in any time in our history. A total 650 000 of those jobs were created last year.

4. A total of 3.7 million work opportunities were delivered over the past five years, creating skills and income for the unemployed.

5. Regulations will be crafted to ensure that the youth wage subsidy does not displace old workers.

6. Land reform, which has seen 5 000 farms being transferred back to black people, has benefited 200 000 families.

7. Mother-to-child HIV transmission went down sharply, and people receiving ARV drugs has shot up from one million to 2.4 million.

8. The judiciary has been transforming, and now has 61% black judges. However, more needs to be done to get the gender balance right.

9. Ten new hospitals have been built or refurbished throughout the country.

10. Government will hold mining houses accountable for their social plan targets, which include improving living condition for workers by 2014.

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