Zuma: SA is not in a crisis

2015-08-11 12:46

President Jacob Zuma has given a detailed account of the executive’s nine-point plan to improve the economy, stating the country is not in a crisis, and is improving in certain sectors.

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11 Aug 14:40
That's if for live updates. Read on to read the President's briefing on his nine-point plan to improve the country's economy...

11 Aug 14:37
The President has another engagement and therefore had to leave.

11 Aug 14:36
And the president takes his leave for his ministers to answer the remaining questions...

11 Aug 14:31

A: “I think it’s an incident that it was a famous lion. Sounds like the hunter didn't know Cecil was this popular. He saw a lion, killed it and it's Cecil.

"It is a big issue, because Cecil was loved.

"But Zimbabwe must deal with it."


11 Aug 14:29
Q: What do you think about the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion?

11 Aug 14:29

“South Africa is a very dynamic country and very open. Anyone can stand up and say anything.

“South Africa is just dealing with very, very complex issues, and other countries don’t have those challenges.”


11 Aug 14:27
“I think in the case of South Africa, we can argue what we have done in 21 years, we can present an argument that very few countries have.”

11 Aug 14:26

“We can’t just signal South Africa out.

“We are faced with more unique kind of problems. Other countries aren’t faced with race-based problems, or huge unskilled labour disparities based on our past.”


11 Aug 14:25

“Is the EU not in a crisis? Is the globe not in a crisis?” Zuma says with a smile.

“The globe has been in a crisis since 2008, it has not recovered completely yet, in my opinion.”


11 Aug 14:23

A journalist from the Guardian UK has just asked if South Africa is in crisis.

“Is South Africa missing out on the fast growth in some countries on the rest of the continent?”


11 Aug 14:23

Q: Why have you not replaced the late Minister Collins Chabane?

A: “That’s the business of government. There is no time limit in which we have to do this. It will be done in the right time, at the right moment.”


11 Aug 14:21

A: “In my presentation, I did say that there is a threat of job losses.

“The mining sector is facing some difficulties as well.

“We need to find a way, not just the mining groups only, but organised labour as well.

“If more workers lose jobs, we should find a way where we are able to retain the jobs.

“We must negotiate with that in mind. Are the proposals realistic? We don’t want workers to lose jobs.  

“We agreed we needed to talk with the labour unions.”


11 Aug 14:20
Q: Are you worried about the job losses in the mining sector?

11 Aug 14:10
...And President Zuma concludes the formal part of the speech.

We now turn to a time of questions...

11 Aug 14:09
"We thank all our stakeholders and the nation to work with us to achieve this nine-point plan to grow our economy.

"I thank you."

11 Aug 14:09
"The nine-point plan could potentially accelerate the growth of the economy by as much as 0.8% in the short term and 1% in the long term.

"We hope to have 2% growth in 2015."

11 Aug 14:08
"On Thursday, I will provide a report on Operation Pagisa, which is part of the nine-point plan."

11 Aug 14:07
"We will continue working in the African Union and SADC to boost industrialisation strategies on the continent."

11 Aug 14:07
"As the southern African region develops, it will require industrial supplies."

11 Aug 14:06
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we need to be more awake as a country for opportunities to implement this nine-point plan."

11 Aug 14:06

On xenophobic attacks...

"We are doing everything possible to ensure these types of attacks don't happen again."

"Measures, both in legislature and operational are being conducted, including Operation Fiela."


11 Aug 14:04

"We will provide feedback in due course.

"We want to ensure that such an incident never again occurs in our country."


11 Aug 14:03
"The response of the national police commissioner and her ability to hold office is receiving attention."

11 Aug 14:02
"People should also continue to provide police with information regarding criminal activities so we can build safer communities together."

11 Aug 14:02
"To attack a police officer is an attack on the state and and attack on the nation."

11 Aug 14:01

"The rate at which police are being killed and attacked is alarming.

"55 police officers have been killed since January this year.

"I have requested the police minister to re-strategise."


11 Aug 14:01

"Police have found that the majority of shopping malls were being targeted to rob cellular phone shops.

"Cell phone and other electronic equipment that was stolen, including so called king-pins, have been arrested."


11 Aug 14:00
On Crime...

11 Aug 13:59

11 Aug 13:58
Ladies and Gentleman, we launched the Back to Basics programme in September last year, to revitalise local government.

11 Aug 13:55

"This task team will report back to the principles this week.

"We look forward to a positive outcome."


11 Aug 13:55
"To address the current job losses in the mining sector, the Minister of Mineral Resources, and stakeholders identified a number of areas to save jobs, and to find alternatives to job losses."

11 Aug 13:54

On Mining...

"Mining remains a critical sector of the economy. We want it to remain the backbone of our economy."


11 Aug 13:53

"The government's national financial aid schemes to increase enrollments in universities and colleges," Zuma says.


11 Aug 13:52

11 Aug 13:52
"The struggle against the virus continues.

"People infected with the virus can still lead productive lives."

11 Aug 13:51

11 Aug 13:50

On health...

"The United Nations has praised the country's response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic."

"To date, 3.1 million people are receiving anti-retrovirals."


11 Aug 13:49

On education...

"Government will ensure improved teacher supply training and development."

"There will also be improvement in the qualifications of Grade R teachers."


11 Aug 13:47
Government will launch a programme on August 28 to aid in the project, involving members of Cabinet and industry experts.

11 Aug 13:47
"Government will intervene to stop the leaking of water, which costs the country R7bn a year."

11 Aug 13:46
“Ladies and Gentleman, government has identified water as a critical resource for economic growth.”

11 Aug 13:45

On agriculture...

"Much progress has been made in the development of agri parks with 43 of 44 sites having been identified."


11 Aug 13:45
“Consensus on a working definition of a national minimum wage has also been reached at Nedlac.”

11 Aug 13:44

“The committee is chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and comprises ministers of tourism, home affairs, DTI, social development and small business development.

“We identified small business as big business at the State of the Nation address.”


11 Aug 13:43

“I would like to announce the establishment of the inter-ministerial committee on immigration regulations.

“It will look at consequences of the new immigration regulations.”


11 Aug 13:42
The president now addresses the new visa regulations...

11 Aug 13:42

“A pilot has been set up at the DTI.

“The centre will improve our investment climate and enhance the ease of doing business by identifying bottle necks, remove admin barriers, regulatory inefficiencies, improve turn-around times, and fast track all investment requirements.”


11 Aug 13:41

“Among critical points discussed at the meeting of the presidential business working group is the need to approve regulatory efficiency and turn-around times to support investments.

“The establishment of an investment facilitation centre or one stop shop is being implemented to support local and international investments.”


11 Aug 13:40
“To date, the minister of communications has concluded and signed bilateral agreements with our neighbouring countries.”

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