Mixed messages in Zuma speech - FF Plus

2011-02-10 21:03

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address contains mixed messages on mining and job creation, Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder said on Thursday.

"We really must create jobs and therefore we need some incentives for the private sector in agriculture but at the same time he announced labour laws... more restrictive labour laws... and I think that's a mixed message. The same on the minerals, it seems that Malema [ANCYL president Julius Malema] is winning on nationalisation of mining and he's not exactly clear on that.

"And I think these mixed messages will not help us at this stage," he said after Zuma delivered the address.

Malema and the ANC Youth League are at the forefront of the push for the nationalisation of the South African mines.

Zuma in his address said the government would make it a priority this year to adopt a beneficiation strategy "so that we can start reaping the full benefits of our commodities".

"The mineral wealth of our country is a national asset and a common heritage that belongs to all South Africans, with the state as the custodian," he said.

"Estimates suggest that our mineral resources are expected to be exploitable for over a century to come.

"To take advantage of that potential, government has endorsed the African Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation as the State Owned Mining Company, that will undertake the mining of minerals of strategic significance," Zuma added.

Mulder said there were "good intentions" - including the president's comments on crime, corruption and discipline in schools.

"...but the proof of the pudding is in the eating," he said.

  • Allin - 2011-02-10 21:35

    Nobody in his right mind creates employment in this country. Go establish your business in Mozambique. There are no strikes, productivity is higher and you know where you stand with the government.

  • Cliff - 2011-02-10 21:44

    I would have liked to make an intelligent comment but as I can see that will not be appreciated on this site. Sad.

  • burtfred - 2011-02-10 21:46

    If Zuma cooked up and served "mixed messages", he was using your tried and trusted recipe, Mr Mulder. You are the leader of the FF+, or whatever you currently call your ragtag bunch of rightwingers, yet you are also a deputy minister in Zuma's cabinet. You can't run with the rabbits and hunt with the hounds and then accuse others of delivering "mixed messages" You took the job for the perks, go on admit it you treacherous sellout.

      Johnny - 2011-02-10 21:57

      It is better to be close to your enemies

  • Johnny - 2011-02-10 21:55

    Why does Malema not Nationalise his bussiness interests

  • Justus - 2011-02-10 22:13

    Lots can be said about the speach - and implications or advantages. I wonder how can you praise your minister of Education of you only need 30% to pass ??? Why did the clown not had the gutts to say we will only pass people over 50%. It can be done, get the old teachers in and it will be done ! The poor workers as weee Juluis and mate goes on, what do they realy affects them !

  • jbhsquare - 2011-02-10 22:23

    At the heart of the problem lies incompetent, unaccountable and ineffective management at every level of Govt. The continued employment of relatives, friends, donors and ANC cadres irrespective of their suitabilty for the position is not going to end. There is no doubt that the wealth of SA needs to be shared by more of the population. Many of the ANC policies are nothing short of excellent, but their record on carrying them out is very poor. Sad but true. I wish it to be different in the future. How can one write a comment on Malema that would not be censored?

  • dave.callaghan1 - 2011-02-10 22:29

    of course they (ANC) want the mines, they have stolen all the money else where, plus destroyed everything else. It will be more money to create fat cuts and buy votes!!

      Deon - 2011-02-10 23:36

      Our mineral resources are safe. These idiots are not able to distinguish between gold an shit. No way are they a threat to our resources. I can see a million of these guys pitching at Brakpan Dam with stolen garden forks and shovels to dig for dia-munds. JZ is a damn magician. Our mineral resources were up to a few hours ago estimated to last another 100 years. They will now last a 1000 years.

  • Wow! - 2011-02-11 07:18

    More of the same. No ability to deliver a bloody thing. No clear message that will instill confidence and move this country forwards. More labour laws, that will ensure that people, new business in particular, look to as low an employment rate as possible - BECAUSE the consequencesare onerous. More, more, more FAILURE

  • Lettie - 2011-02-11 08:49

    Cliff, I agree.How can we go forward with so much negativity and...teenager ( even twoyear-old)behaviour.It's time that SA's start thinking and reacting like grownups and not like toddlers throwings toys out of their cots(playpens)...or is all the result of pre-1994 (and afterwards) where people were not allowed to think for themselves.A Nationalist government remains a nationalist government.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-11 09:00

    F- all that...did you see the Deputy President arriving in a luxury German sedan whilst our boy Jacob came in a common white minibus taxi..I could understand it if his whole family (4 & 1/2 wives,20something kids) was attending.

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