AS IT HAPPENED: Zuma says government looking to improve SAA

2016-10-25 13:50

President Jacob Zuma has argued SAA remains a key priority for the government.

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25 Oct 17:34

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma faced some tough questions in the NCOP on Tuesday on the economy and SAA.

Question time only got underway after EFF members had been ejected from the chamber.Zuma said that the government was intent on supporting the creation of a Brics ratings agency to "balance" the global ratings agencies and those from a particular "school of economic thinking".

On the question of Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan facing possible arrest, Zuma said the Cabinet supported Gordhan, but would not interfere in the operations of an independent entity such as the NPA.

Interfering with independent entities would result in the country becoming a "banana republic", Zuma said.

SAA losses

Reports have emerged that NPA head Shaun Abrahams had a private meeting with politicians at Luthuli House to discuss charges against Gordhan.

Zuma, however, denied this.

"I must also say the matter was never discussed with Abrahams with the President. Never, never, never, never.

"And the meeting that the honourable member is referring to – I’m sure he’s keen to know the details – that meeting was a meeting between the president and the security cluster, discussing a totally different matter – not the matter of any arrest."

The president argued that State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) required support and acknowledged that the SOE Council had not been established.

Despite SAA making a loss of billions, Zuma rejected an MP’s assertion on the value of the company.

"I’m not looking at selling the company," said Zuma, adding that SAA was engaged in a turnaround strategy with the guidance of Treasury.

Zuma insisted that the reappointment of SAA Board Chair Dudu Myeni would help stabilise the company and bring visible improvement.

Students hypocritical

Protesting students were hypocritical if they argued for the importance of education, but destroyed educational institutions and disrupted those who were pursuing their education, said Zuma in response to a question.

"The issue of free education is being attended to," said the president, arguing that the commission was doing its work.

Zuma announced that research conducted by the Presidency found that moving Parliament to Pretoria would, in the long term, save money and allow MPs more time to engage with the public.

Despite Parliament having to make a decision on a move, Zuma said research into moving was not wasteful expenditure.

"Investigation helps you takes a wise decision."

The president said the government’s Phakisa (Accelerate) programme had unlocked R17bn in private and public investment and the programme aligned with the 9 point National Development Plan.


25 Oct 15:58
Chair warns members to behave in the NCOP

25 Oct 15:57
Chair thanks Zuma for his time to answer questions  

25 Oct 15:56
Phakisa means to hurry up or accelerate

25 Oct 15:51
Zuma says plan is to deal with the whole ocean – not just the ocean adjacent to urban areas

25 Oct 15:50
President questioned on where is the development in the rural areas  

25 Oct 15:49
We’re going to preserve things that we are going to preserve in the ocean [huh?]  

25 Oct 15:48
Zuma looking more relaxed as opposition voices become more muted in the NCOP

25 Oct 15:46
Phakisa aligned to 9 point national development plan, says Zuma

25 Oct 15:43
Government wants all schools to be connected to the internet, but broadband cost is a challenge

25 Oct 15:42
By 2019 2 823 primary health care facilities will be established, as part of Phakisa  

25 Oct 15:41
Phakisa has unlocked R17bn in public and private sector investment    

25 Oct 15:40
Phakisa is a methodology that help deliver government programmes faster and more efficiently, says Zuma  

25 Oct 15:38
Government “more hands on” with SAA - which was moved to report to Treasury

25 Oct 15:37
Treasury has helped SAA to build turnaround – from very serious problems to visible improvements

25 Oct 15:35
Zuma says Dudu Myeni as SAA Board chair is in the interest of the company, “nothing more”  

25 Oct 15:33
New SAA Board had to appointed to deal with “matters”  

25 Oct 15:31
Zuma says government is looking at turning SAA around, despite a number of CEOs  and Boards

25 Oct 15:31
Zuma says: I’m not looking at selling the company

25 Oct 15:30
R5.6bn lost by SAA in the last financial year

25 Oct 15:29
Zuma says SAA board will achieve turnaround guided by Minister of Finance  

25 Oct 15:28

President Jacob Zuma says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's fraud charges were not discussed at a meeting with NPA head Shaun Abrahams at Luthuli House.

Zuma was answering questions from MPs in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.


25 Oct 15:25
Zuma says protestors are hypocritical by disrupting education for those who want to write exams

25 Oct 15:24
Zuma says we must find a solution to fees protests. Violence has no place in our democracy 

25 Oct 15:23

Here comes the fees question  

Zuma: The issue of free education is being attended to  


25 Oct 15:21
Space in Cape Town is not enough, says Zuma. Throws down the decision gauntlet to MPs

25 Oct 15:18
Investigation helps you takes a wise decision, says Zuma

25 Oct 15:17

25 Oct 15:17
Parliamentary moving research is not wasteful expenditure, says Zuma

25 Oct 15:14
We are fighting corruption all the time, says Zuma

25 Oct 15:14
Moving Parliament will help members interact with the public quickly

25 Oct 15:13

25 Oct 15:13
Zuma says cost of two capitals is huge. Executive has to be moved up and down, not staying in one place and doing government work  

25 Oct 15:07
Social impact studies have been done to determine the impact of moving Parliament. 1995, 1997, 2011 studies showed that cost of relocation will be less than maintaining the status quo

25 Oct 15:03
Task team focusing on relocation process and implications

25 Oct 15:02
Decision to relocate Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria lies with Parliament; it will save money, says Zuma

25 Oct 15:00
Zuma smiles as he talks about evaluating SOEs. SOE Council will have to evaluate SOEs

25 Oct 14:58
Parliament has to get better internet connectivity. Serious buffering with less than 3 000 people streaming the Zuma Q&A

25 Oct 14:55
Zuma says rural areas are “uppermost in the minds of government”

25 Oct 14:55
Are the questions scripted? Some MPs reading typed questions as if they’re seeing them for the first time

25 Oct 14:52
Government continues look for solutions to ensure that SOEs function more efficiently and effectively

25 Oct 14:51
SOE Council not yet been established, based on recent successes in co-ordinating the work of various government spheres

25 Oct 14:49
Zuma says he has answered the question on interference. “Was the member out of the House when I answered that question?”

25 Oct 14:48

25 Oct 14:47

25 Oct 14:46
Zuma says economic policies have cushioned the blow from the financial crisis

25 Oct 14:46

25 Oct 14:44
Zuma says no individual can interfere with independent institutions. Any intervention with a Chapter 9 institution will make this country a banana republic  

25 Oct 14:43

25 Oct 14:42
Zuma adjust spectacles, says he never, never, never discussed Gordhan with NPA head Shaun Abrahams  

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