Highlights of the January 8 statement

2013-01-14 00:00

Land reform

The party is to replace the principle of “willing buyer, willing seller,” which, Zuma said, had not sufficiently addressed the problem of land redistribution with a “just and equitable” principle when expropriating land for land reform purposes.

Zuma acknowledged that the government would not meet its target of transferring 30% of farm land to blacks and said the government had been directed to speed up the process.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the promulgation of the 1913 Land Act, which saw blacks retain only 13% of land ownership.

The president said: “The government will reopen the lodgement date for claims and provide for the exception to the 1913 cut-off date to accommodate historical landmarks, heritage sites and descendants of the Khoi and San who lost their land long before 1913.”

The economy

The ANC has opted for a mixed economy with a stronger role for the state. Zuma noted that the economy was skewed, saying action would be taken on monopoly ownership. Placating the business community, however, he added that any steps taken in this regard would be guided by the National Development Plan (NDP).

Labour

Zuma said the party had directed the fast-tracking of the work of the Special Presidential Package initiative, designed to improve the living and working conditions of workers in key mining towns following the Marikana tragedy.

He stressed that the best forum for regulating labour relations was the formal bargaining structures.

Youth unemployment

The president singled out youth unemployment as a major challenge and said the government had been directed to expand vocational training and link skills development with industrial growth.

The National Development Plan

The president emphasised that the NDP was the cornerstone of changes going forward. Analyst Nathi Mazibuko said the January 8 statement left no doubt that the ANC had bought into the NDP. This was positive, he said, because both business and the country at large had accepted the plan.

Education and health

The ANC plans to champion education by using its own structures at branch and other levels to promote literacy and skills development. It is to work towards improved teaching and learning environments.

The National Health Insurance is on track and plans are in place to introduce the fund by 2014. A step in this direction are measures being put in place to employ qualified chief executive officers to bring about efficiency in hospitals.

Legislature and governance

Zuma reminded all deployed ANC cadres that where infrastructure and resources exist to deliver services, “there can be no excuse for these services not to be delivered.

“We now know where the gaps exist and it is time to deliver the services that will improve the lives of our people,” he said.

Nelson Mandela Day

The ANC will promote Nelson Mandela Day across Africa and the world as a symbol of the party’s commitment to a humane, more caring society.

Decade of the cadre

Zuma declared the next 10 years to be the “decade of the cadre”, a period during the ANC had committed itself to develop and run a programme of action to impart skills, integrity, ethics and discipline to its members.

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