Our suggested state of the nation address for Zuma

2015-02-08 15:00

Bantu bakithi*

Laze lalihle ihlobo esibe nalo. Mina nomndeni wami sithokozele izinsuku ezinde. Nobusuku obude futhi.

Ngethemba nakini nenibathandayo kube njalo futhi. Kungcono ngoba kufudumele kulezizinsuku njengoba sihlaselwe ukunqamuka kukagesi nje.

Kunzima ukungabi nagesi. Lokhu sikwazi kahle njengoba singabantu abake bangabi namandla. Sethemba ukuthi buyothi bufika ubusika sibe sesizilungisile izikhungo zikagesi ukuze nifudumale nomnotho wezwe udlondlobale.

Ngaphansi kwesandla sikasekela mengameli uCyril Ramaphosa, ngiyethembisa ukuthi kunenqubekela phambili ezikhungweni zaseMedupi neKusile. Ngizizwile futhi izincomo ze SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ukonga amandla emini kuzwakala kuyisu elihle.

Nokwahlukaniselana ngezikhati zokusebenza uma kudingeka ugesi omningi kuwumqondo omuhle futhi. Yazini ukuthi ngisakucabangisisa lokhu. Ngesikhathi sokwabiwa kwemali siyobe sesinecebo.

Nazi izindab ezimnandi. Sinamanyuvesi amathathu amasha manje. Uhulumeni nabamabhizinisi basebenze ngamandla ukwandisa isibalo sabantu abasha abaqashwayo. Ngosizo lwabakhokhi bentela nosomabhizinisi, sesikwazi ukukhipha imali yesondlo nempesheni kubantu nabantwana abawu 18.

Asivamile ukuqhakambisa nokukubonga lokhu. Namuhla ngenza lokho-ke. Ngithanda ukumemezela futhi ukuthi emuva kokufundisisa umbiko womvikeli womphakathi ngokuthuthukiswa kwezokuphepha emzini wami eNkandla, ngithathe isinqumo sokuthi ngizozikhokhela ezinye zezindleko.

Sengimele uNgqongqoshe wezemisebenzi yomphakathi uThulas Nxesi ukuba abhale phansi zonke izindleko. Lokhu kuyinto okufanele ngiyenze kanti ngikholwa ukuthi ngokwenze njalo, singaqhubekela phambili sakhe izwe lethu kuleminyaka engama 20 yenkululeko ezayo.

Ngiyabonga!

*My people

What a beautiful summer we are having. My family and I enjoy the long days and long nights. I hope you and yours do too.

At least the weather is warm as we go through this very tough time of load shedding.

Being without power is hard. We know this as a people who come from a history of being powerless. But by winter we hope to have our power stations in good condition to keep you warm and get our economy growing.

Under Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hand, I can assure you progress will be made on our new power stations, Medupi and Kusile. And I have taken note of the proposals from the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Daylight saving sounds like a good plan, so do split shifts to smooth out peak-time electricity use.

Please know that I am thinking about this. By the time of the budget speech, we will have some plans in place.

There is good news. We have three new universities now. And business and government have been quietly lifting the rate of youth employment – our biggest challenge.

Thanks to you taxpayers and our business community, we help 18?million South Africans with a pension, a child grant or some support. This is something we don’t often celebrate or thank you for.

And I do that today.

I would also like to announce that after a careful reading of our Public Protector’s report on the security amendments at my home in Nkandla, there are some expenses I will pay for.

I have instructed Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi to draw up a bill for my attention. It is the right thing to do and I hope, in so doing, we can put this episode behind us and move on to building our country for the next 20 years of freedom.

I thank you.

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