Cosatu has high praise for Zuma

2011-01-08 21:43

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's speech at the ANC's 99th anniversary conference "truly" took forward the resolutions of the ANC's 2007 Polokwane conference and its 2010 National General Council, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Saturday.

"It is one of the best ANC anniversary speeches ever to have been made," spokesperson Patrick Craven said shortly after Zuma's address at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

"Cosatu is particularly pleased at the President’s declaration that 2011 will be a year for job creation."

He said the trade union federation would support every measure taken by government to reduce the unemployment levels in South Africa.

Zuma said earlier that the country's unemployment and poverty levels were still unacceptable.

He said 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.

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

Zuma announced that government also 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.

  • Dave - 2011-01-08 22:25

    Well then, lets take note then of how many job losses there will be this....I'm not a cynic, I promise

      Dave - 2011-01-08 22:26


  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-08 22:26

    The blind leading the blind, or rather fools agreeing with fools.

  • TDJ - 2011-01-08 22:42

    He said it ... it is done ... let's celebrate !!! Guys, employment needs to lead to productivity ne ?

  • THABO RANKATI - 2011-01-09 07:57

    Did mr president said anything new?we are awre that every time he says something he actually means the opposite of is a high time that south africans wake up aand smell the coffee.

      Leeutjie - 2011-01-09 08:15

      Thabo Ja you are so right. He says the anc is not corrupt, we know it's the opposite, he said there are only a few municipalities thats not up to scratch, we know the truth. I think they live in a different world than us.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2011-01-09 08:14

    Talk, talk talk and more talk. As Elvis said "A little less talk and a little more action." That's what we need from Mr. Zuma . .

  • clive.salgado - 2011-01-09 12:53

    Blah..Blah.. Blah... All talk no do. Been promises like this since April 1994.The vast majority are still waiting for delivery of the promises.

  • kilo39 - 2011-01-09 13:49

    empty promises sheepherders,Zuma and the Alliance are just directing their flocks to the polls. if we as a Nation are to be saved, we need to find some innovative ways to open the eyes of these flocks and show them that it is their shepherd that is leading them to the slaughter. they need to know that their 'shepherd' is feeding them old straw while he feasts on lush green lucerne ! Let this be a warning too, to all our countless hardworking and successful Black Businessmen and women who do not hold the same political and economic views as the ANC, 'genocide' is what awaits you in the future unless we can stop this madness at the polls. I I plead with you to get involved in opening the eyes of the masses and educating them about the dysfunctional monster that the current crop of ANC corrupt elite has become. The old ANC ideologies per se may be workable to the benefit of the 'povo', but with people like ANC Alliance around it is safe to predict doom and gloom for poverty alleviation. Their actual solution will be eradication of the poverty and tremble....

  • African'shtr - 2011-01-12 13:21

    COSATU does'nt care about the workers, all they care about is this Zuma thing the only thing he knows how to do well is making Kids every night

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