President Jacob Zuma rose to his current position of President of the Republic of South Africa through the watershed 52nd national conference of the ANC held in Polokwane, Limpopo province. His election as President of the ANC during this conference made him the party's automatic choice for the presidency of the Republic after the 2009 elections.
After yet another overwhelming ANC electoral victory in 2009, Zuma was inaugrated President of the Republic of South Africa.
The year 2012 marked the ANC's centenary. Centenary celebrations took place throughout the year in all the provinces and elsewhere in the world. Centenary celebrations kicked off with the annual January 8 Statement of the ANC national executive committee delivered by President Jacob Zuma.
The celebrations culminated in the 53rd national conference in Mangaung, Free State Province. Zuma retained his position as ANC president while Julius Malema's expulsion was upheld.
This past week, President Zuma was at hand to receive and host the US President Barack Obama.
All these milestones are a sign that South Africa is blessed to have President Zuma at helm of government.