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.

- SAPA
Read more on:    pieter mulder  |  jacob zuma  |  parliament 2011  |  politics  |  state of the nation
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are very people sensitive today and there is a tendency to put too much energy on service and outer obligations. The balance...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.