Mantashe comfortable with speech

2011-02-10 22:01

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."

  • Deon - 2011-02-10 22:33

    The provinces that "are lagging behind" will always be lagging behind. They are lagging behind because, among other things, they have extremely large ANC majorities, even more so than the rest of SA. That is why so many of them move to the Western Cape, and complain abouts toilets. Please go back home if we are treating you so badly here. I wonder how much of the R9bn will not be stolen, and how much of the infrastructure will be maintained.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-10 22:38

    What else would you expect this buffoon to say? The reality is that R9bn will be pilfered away and not a single job will be created.

  • GT - 2011-02-10 22:55

    Dictators rule, governments govern. Small, but important point.

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-11 07:22

    Now we all can go to heaven,just remember to bring your ANC membership card along,,,,,

  • - 2011-02-11 09:12

    What does " Quite comfortable" mean? Is it just another talking point and will be debated for the next 12 months without any action. In my opinion the response should have been now lets roll up our sleeves and get down to implementing all the undertakings given by government. Time will tell if they (ANC) walk the talk,

  • carlokie - 2011-02-11 11:21

    Ag ou Gwede - Were you even awake during the speech? Just to react: "The R9bn put aside for job creation is quite good" What jobs are you creating

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