Mantashe comfortable with speech
Cape Town - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said he was "quite comfortable" with President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address as it focused on the ruling party's main priorities.
"We are quite comfortable with the speech as it reflects the problems the ANC has been working on. The R9bn put aside for job creation is quite good."
He said the private sector needed to use the opportunity to access that funding.
Zuma's emphasis on skills development was important to sustain any growth in the economy in the long term.
Mantashe noted that the changing of loans to bursaries for qualifying final year students was also important.
"The rolling out infrastructure that is water supply to provinces lagging behind like Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape is needed and quite important."