Zuma: Poverty levels still too high

2011-01-08 16:42

kalahari.com

Polokwane - 2011 would be a year of job creation as the ANC government was committed to addressing continuing poverty and unemployment, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

In his address at party's 99th anniversary celebration in Polokwane, he said the country's unemployment and poverty levels were still unacceptable.

State-owned enterprises were crucial to economic growth but the way it had been managed so far would need to change and become more efficient, he said.

"We need a social partnership between government, business and labour."

To rousing applause at the Peter Mokaba stadium, Zuma announced that government hoped to introduce a scheme that would benefit students who passed their final year of studies.

The scheme entailed having their student loans converted into bursaries that would not need to be repaid.

He said the country needed media that was "independent of economic and political control" and that the ANC would continue to fight for media independence.

"We will also continue to fight for fair and balanced reporting."

Problem councillors

On local government, Zuma said the majority of municipal councillors were doing a sterling job but found that there were problems.

"We acknowledge that in certain municipalities there are problems.

The African National Congress was convinced that elected councillors should not hold senior positions in political parties, he said.

Referring to the upcoming local government election expected in May or June, he urged the party to improve its results in municipalities it controlled and in those it did not control.

He said the party supported the tripartite alliance but that its other members, the SA Communist Party and the Congress of SA Trade Unions, also had to defend the alliance.

"We must not allow ourselves to introduce tendencies that are foreign," said Zuma, highlighting the need for alliance partners to resolve their differences and not publicise them.

Discipline 'non-negotiable'

At the beginning of his speech, he drew supporters' attention to the resolution on discipline taken at the party's National General Council held in Durban last September.

"Discipline is non-negotiable. It must be enforced without fear or favour," he said as the skies opened with a downpour.

Sitting behind Zuma, ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema looked on during the president's address.

Moments earlier Malema said the only way to free the country from poverty was to implement a programme of nationalisation.

"Nationalisation is the solution to the problems we are facing," he said.

He took aim at big business, especially white business owners.

"We cannot accept the economy being in the control of white males," said Malema.

Bus, taxi loads of people arrive

Zuma received a rousing welcome earlier in the day from supporters wearing yellow ANC t-shirts and blowing vuvuzelas.

Bus and taxi loads of people were seen arriving at the stadium amid a high police presence.

As distinguished guests and well-known performers began arriving they received a rapturous applause and blast of vuvuzelas.

Zuma's annual statement is traditionally the start of the political year, where the president is expected to detail what he expects the party to achieve.

Zuma and dignitaries cut a green, yellow and black cake that had been brought in by Umkhonto we Sizwe veterans.

Loud music, cheering and the sound of vuvuzelas filled the stadium after Zuma left.

- SAPA
Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  julius malema  |  polokwane  |  jobs  |  economy
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
39 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Dewani Trial
 

Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!

Entries are open, so what are you waiting for?

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Adventure holidays for your bucket list
Top 10 water sports to try before you die
6 impressive camping tips
LOL! The 8 stages of marathon running

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Financial Manager

Western Cape
O'Brien Recruitment
R38 000 Per Month

Intermediate to Senior .Net Developers

Cape Town
E-Merge IT Recruitment
R30 000 - R50 000 Per Month

Client Service Officer / Business Developer

Cape Town CBD
Hi-Tech Recruitment - Cape Town
R500 000 - R700 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is an easy social flow and the need to blend in, yet you may not feel entirely comfortable. Something beneath the surface...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.