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Service delivery has improved since 1994 - Zuma

2012-04-27 16:00

Pretoria - South Africa has made significant strides since democracy in improving access to basic services, President Jacob Zuma said at a Freedom Day celebration in Pretoria on Friday.

"In this regard we are leading the struggle to eradicate unemployment, inequality and poverty through promoting inclusive economic growth," he said.

"A lot has been achieved in the extension of basic services since 1994, in turning South Africa around but much more still needs to be done."

He said the country's fourth democratic administration's main challenge was to ensure that more people would benefit from economic growth while building on the strength of the same economy.

"In 1994, we knew that our toughest task was to transform the economy to [make it] reflect the change to democratic governance," he said.

"The international economic downturn in 2008 was a major setback especially on the employment [creation] front. We are still recovering from that downturn."

Zuma said the proportion of the population living below the R422 a month poverty line had decreased from 50% in 1994 to 34.5% in 2009.

Zuma said in 1994, 50% of households had access to decent sanitation but the figure had since risen to 82%. Access to electricity improved from 51% in 1994 to 75.8% in 2011.

He said government still had a lot to do regarding land restitution and re-distribution.

He was also optimistic that South Africa would win a bid to host the biggest telescope built, as he was confident of the country's scientific ability.

Thousands of people gathered at the Union Building since early on Friday to mark the country's 18 years of democracy.

Malawi's new president Joyce Banda arrived at the venue to join Zuma for the celebration.

Accompanied by her husband and other delegates, Banda is on her first official visit to South Africa following her recent inauguration this month.

She rose to the highest office in Malawi after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, who was buried last week.

During her visit, Zuma and Banda were expected to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and common concern, the International Relations department said.

The meeting would focus on Malawi's economic problems, particularly fuel shortages and foreign exchange, said spokesPERSON Clayson Monyela.

Malawi is one of South Africa's top ten trading partners in Africa. Other dignitaries present at the event were deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa whilst Gauteng was represented by acting Premier Mandla Nkomfe.

Comments
  • marnusmnorval - 2012-04-27 16:04

    Improved for who?

      Alf - 2012-04-27 16:42

      Mr Zuma, what country are you actually talking about? You will forgive me when I am sceptical with regards to any figures coming from government? The last 18 years have provided sufficient proof that not too many people in government can actually work out percentages, let alone work out sums. If you want to improve the economy, stop ambush taxes like e-tolling and stop creating white elephants in the name of development. Does government have a clue of how many potential investors have turned to other parts of the continent or the world because of corruption, crime etc. in South Africa. E-tolling is also becoming a factor. Please tell your people again that they should not be so pes-t-imistic!

      Hermann - 2012-04-27 16:46

      Forgive him, he has a weird sense of humour.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-27 16:49

      Why are you surprised that he is lying, he most probably believes this

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-27 16:50

      He believes everything his cadres tell him

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-27 17:27

      This Zoo-ma is a right old standup comedian....these jokes are hilarious. I think this chap thinks he is on the comedy channel. What about the rapes, the murders, the plundering & theft, etc? No mention of that eh? A day of celebration? Should be a day of mourning for the 8 year old raped this week or Jo who tragically passed away defending his family & MORE! If this bloke had any moral fibre in his body, he would have mentioned the biggest problems in SA.

      renesongs - 2012-04-27 17:40

      Yeah JZ stop being a hog and pass that zol along - and it would be quite cool if you shared some of the service delivery, housing, profits and general bling that you and your cadres have extorted from our land over the past 18 years

      Graham - 2012-04-27 17:55

      Obviously service delivery is better than in 1994 seeing as before this there was apartheid. The rate of improvement is not good enough though...

      Boer - 2012-04-27 18:03

      Improved services ????????? Bulls#$t. You mean no service.

      Ina - 2012-04-27 18:10

      There us definitely something wrong on this website, things are going all haywire. And some troll has found a way of giving multiple thumbsdowns, ignore it.And I would also like to have your question answered, marnus. When we have practically daily riots, stonings and burnings because of non service delivery.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-27 18:18

      Folks, somehow, somebody is rigging the thumbsdown. @Marnus just ignore the TD to your top comment.

      Avenging - 2012-04-27 18:29

      The actual stats from UCT is that in '94 58% of the population had electricity. Zuma's 75.8% minus the NP's 58% equals 17.8%. It has only been possible for the anc to provide electricity to another 17.8% of the population due to the NP's over production of power stations in the 80's. Np was better than the present cANCer and should be bowed down to as the master. (http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/Research/publications/08bekker-etal_electrification%20_programme.pdf).

      Sean - 2012-04-27 18:42

      WELCOME TO AFRICA !!! People believe this sh@t !!! LOL LOL LOL LOL

      Robert - 2012-04-27 19:03

      What???? dis man is lost.

      Warren - 2012-04-28 00:21

      "Zuma said the proportion of the population living below the R422 a month poverty line had decreased from 50% in 1994 to 34.5% in 2009." Since that figure hasn't been adjusted for inflation I think it's disgusting that it's only 34.5%. In 1994 R422 was about a quarter of my salary and I shared a house...my portion of the rent was R300.00 .

      Dave - 2012-04-28 06:34

      How much money was spent on the improvements and how much was sidelined into other pockets. Yes a lot has been done but if it is as the auditors say plus minus 30% of all money paid out does not end up to the benifit of the people it was ment to, why has Juju got to pay R10 million in taxes which is 34% of the money that passed through his trust fund meaning that nearly R 30 million has come from WHERE and gone WHERE ????

      Smell - 2012-04-28 18:10

      The ANC should get credit for increasing the provision of housing, electricity, sanitation. But I have to agree with Gollum - taking inflation into account it seems that the people generally have taken a giant step backwards in terms of income.

      Antonio - 2012-04-29 09:24

      QUOTE: Zuma said the proportion of the population living below the R422 a month poverty line had decreased from 50% in 1994 to 34.5% in 2009. Was the poverty line in 1994 R422 a month? If so, taking into account inflation and increases in grant and pension payouts, it seems more likely that poverty has actually INCREASED in real terms over that period. Also, with the ANC's reliance on the welfare system as a poverty alleviation practice (and policy), such "alleviation" is entirely manufactured rater than real. That is, people are GETTING more in grants, but they are not actually WORKING or EARNING more today than they were in 1994. I would tend to believe that most people in SA are better off today than they were in 1994. However, if that belief is to be corroborated on a graph, I think people were possibly better off (in real terms) in around 2003 than they are in 2012. A reliable set of stats would help to decide whether that is true or not. But I suspect rather more strongly that Zuma's figures are rather more political than actual.

  • Pat - 2012-04-27 16:07

    The only thing that radically improved is corruption, murder, theft and criminal activities. Roads are in the poorspest of state since the Voortrekkers. Electricity is expensive water polluted and the president is the only man with more wifes than hair.

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-27 16:25

      the thumbs down are a bit excessive for speaking the truth........

      Christelle - 2012-04-27 16:37

      Troll alert - and he/has fingers for thumbs down....

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-27 16:42

      all the tools who know this is true are not commenting, but rather issuing thumbs down to everyone....... lol

      Christelle - 2012-04-27 16:51

      Hmm, the troll appears to be a certain Philmemon, giving himself 251 thumbs up - oh he was out of the country for some time - apparently learned how to use the computor LOL

      Nettie - 2012-04-27 16:56

      I think it is a virus becouse no person shoul ge so many thumbs down for speaking the truth

      Nettie - 2012-04-27 16:57

      I think it is a virus becouse no person shoul ge so many thumbs down for speaking the truth. Maybe they object about the hair thing

      Christelle - 2012-04-27 16:59

      LOL - virus - like in HI?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-27 18:11

      Yeh guys, I noticed it yesterday. People were getting like 300 thumbsdown for the most arbitrary comments, like eg "condolences to the family and RIP" normally you get those pigs, but no more than say 20 TD.....I say its rigged.

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-27 18:19

      Somebody is HACKING the News24 Website - there is NO way that ONE person can get over 100 Thumbs down in 60 seconds - I noticed this happening yesterday with the E-Toll saga. They are our of proportion to the issue......so the best is to just ignore them....

      Robert - 2012-04-27 19:44

      The ANC has created a task team for the negative comments. They are actually wasting our money by paying people off the deliver negative comments. New attack. Be as it may this gov does not work and are a waste of time for the masses.

  • Konanani - 2012-04-27 16:12

    Lol,wer?

  • Oscar - 2012-04-27 16:13

    I read "In this regard we are leading the struggle to CREATE unemployment, inequality and poverty through promoting BEE, CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM, ETC." what a joke the ANC has become.

      IAnon - 2012-04-27 16:14

      So right you are!

  • steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-27 16:13

    Haha u must be living in a cave far far away from civilization to be believing this chameleon head's words. Improved? i don't see any evidence of that. Liar!!!!!!!!!!

      Fussed - 2012-04-27 16:41

      We are on the road to colapse and he is on the toll road

      steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-27 17:11

      antonyFromAfrica, the article is not about apartheid or black or white or living in harmony, it's about service delivery..... concerning service delivery SA has gone the wrong route...

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-27 17:22

      No, I was responding to the one living in a cave........, who does not seem to have noticed, that the lives of millions has improved. Not to the extend , many would have liked , but an improvement, nevertheless, more than in the previous 50 years !!!!

      steyn.jacobs - 2012-04-27 17:31

      i'll give that to you certain people's lives has improved, most notably the fatcats in top government positions and obviously SOME people from the townships to a certain extend. service delivery wise i have to disagree, theres more potholes in the roads than before 1994, tap water is in a disgusting state, schools are worse off, i remember when i was young that the parks in town use to be maintained nowadays most of those parks turned into veldt... or businesses had to take over from municipalities to maintain many of the parks... these are all facts....

      Denise - 2012-04-28 03:07

      AntonyfromAfrica - true leadership is not content with mediocrity - imagine how lives would have changed if there was a competent government in place with committed leaders.

      Denise - 2012-04-28 05:35

      AnthonyfromAfrica - THE TIME FOR EXCUSING THE ANC IS OVER! Yes a million basic little matchbox houses have been built and millions more are now connected to water + electricity. But poverty has more than doubled - the number of unemployed South Africans increased from 2 million to 5 million since 1996 and economic growth is far below what is needed to create jobs. Then there's the overstretched water supply, the railway system fraying at the edges & the unguarded borders open to migrants & refugees from every destitute nation in Africa. The closed crony system, the power abuse & corruption e.g the 1998 arms deal - thanks to the kickbacks, it will end up costing South Africa £10 billion. Some of the kickbacks from the arms deal, were directed into ANC party coffers. Other sums were simply distributed into the offshore bank accounts of members of the Cabinet. South Africa is a failure with no serious enemies except its own elite. South Africa is instead becoming like most of its neighbours: a nation infected by corruption, violence & misrule. (...but to undo all the 'evils' now that things are well and truly on the way downhill poses a challenge that even the fleissige Germans found daunting when trying to uplift their cousins from the old DDR..!..if the Germans struggled with an upliftment programme spanning since the coming down of the wall, what hope is there for a African government to succeed in fixing what a useless corrupt government spent 18 years breaking down..???)

  • kamohelo.olifant - 2012-04-27 16:17

    for real? ha ha ha ha

      Steven Trollip - 2012-04-27 16:42

      yaaaawn x 10000

  • Hadebe - 2012-04-27 16:17

    Thats what they told u to say, poor shower head.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-04-27 16:17

    all I smell is BS! What country did you get those stats from zooma? Those are not from SA!!

      Stewart - 2012-04-27 16:19

      Malawi perhaps

  • Sascha Lipka - 2012-04-27 16:18

    I want some of the stuff he has been smoking

  • Stewart - 2012-04-27 16:18

    KUK

  • Elkita - 2012-04-27 16:18

    How can Zuma say tat?He never works.Always getting married and then in bed.

      adam - 2012-04-27 16:40

      Elkita, do you think he can still get it up. With all those wives no wonder his brain is f***ed up.

      Keith - 2012-04-28 05:27

      Viagra?

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-27 16:22

    Do you think Showerhead believes the drivel he is forced to spew out?

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-27 16:24

      the fool is disillusioned.

  • Christelle - 2012-04-27 16:24

    I suppose for some people there might be truth in what he is saying. However, the negative far outweighs the positive. People are disgruntled because of unemployment - crime which seems to be spiralling out of control, especially violent crime - corruption within leadership - ongoing legal battles of prominent leaders, costing the tax-payers millions -poor education in certain areas - and then of course, the main perpetrator - "Zero Understanding of Monetary Affairs" aka ZUMA

  • Lynette - 2012-04-27 16:26

    O'K' guy's, the president lives on a different planet --- please forgive him!!!! maybe he doesn't know what's happening here!!! (ha ha ha ha---)

      Derk - 2012-04-27 16:34

      I think he comes from the Planet Of The Apes

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-27 16:28

    It has take 18 years and BILLIONS of rands to get this far...... Seriously? What a joke. Yes things have improved a slight bit for a few people, but it is not enough scumbags. How can you feel proud of a half -arsed job

  • Ndivhu - 2012-04-27 16:30

    Only zuma and his fellow comrade are benefiting from dis freedom.a banana republic,they r doing nothing to improve service delivery in rural areas.south africa is not only soweto,people in rural areas are sharing water with animals

  • mastersvoice - 2012-04-27 16:32

    Our beloved president stands up in front of all South Africans, and blatantly lies to us! Since he's taken over, unemployment has sky-rocketed and basic services have been stretched beyond breaking point!

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-04-27 16:48

      Surely you meant to say 'unbeloved president'? Note no capital P too. He's not deserving!

      mastersvoice - 2012-04-27 16:53

      No - I meant to say beloved president. Its meant as an indication of what he believes himself to be.

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-04-27 17:30

      OK, right! Then perhaps the use of inverted commas would have done the trick but I share your sentiments 100%

  • Derk - 2012-04-27 16:33

    service delivery has improved?????????????? what country are you talkoing about Zooomhead

      Nettie - 2012-04-27 16:43

      The same one where their are very little crime and everybody can veel safe!

  • Andrew - 2012-04-27 16:35

    I think Zuma must be on Tik. In 1994 the ANC were not stealing blind as they have done since Zuma came into power.

  • William - 2012-04-27 16:35

    Well, in all fairness. I recently went back to SA after more than 10 years away. For me, the state of the townships was much improved than what I remember. The cohesion of people from all different races in the urban centers was much better than what I remember. There seemed to be more people in a 'well-off' state than what I remember. There were far less beggars than what I remember. To be sure, the roads were a little dodgy & there were some things in the wealthier areas that had gone down hill, but in the poorer areas I felt things were much improved. Anyway, I was only there for 2 weeks, but I felt quite positive about much of what I saw. Perhaps 2 weeks is not enough for the full picture, but anyways... I think SA can be proud of where it is. In spite of all the political BS, because politicians the world over are all full of it, so why should SA be any different?

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-04-27 16:56

      Perhaps, perhaps. But travelling through Joburg reccently, I could not but notice bigger numbers of beggars on street corners. And, since you have been away for 10 years, it is understandable that you could not have followed the daily details on corruption, maladministration, all the debates re. the secrecy bills, efforts to manipulate the courts and judicial appointments, the shameful neglect of education, healt services and instances where local communities that dared to protest against lack of service delivery such as water, were brutally oppressed and killed? Do you know about Ficksberg and Andries Tatane? And the others? You are forgiven but a little modesty on you side would have been appropriate...you are by all means ill-informed

      adam - 2012-04-27 16:58

      Philmemon, are you on blood pressure meds?. Some of these medications may be impairing your memory. Is everything else working ok ?? Dont be embarrassed we are all adults.

      Mike - 2012-04-27 17:07

      Hey William Nigh, stop stuffing up the stats!

      Oscar - 2012-04-27 17:08

      So Phil, why is it necessary for you to be in another country for 10 years, that is now assuming you are a South African?

      Chas - 2012-04-27 19:05

      @phil,Well obviously before your 10 year junket overseas you did not come from a township,the townships have not changed except increased in qty & grown larger. If it has improved here why do you choose to live elsewhere, you now have the european mentality & are not intouch with the reality of the people in SA.

      William - 2012-04-27 20:20

      @jaco: I have been following many of those issues, mostly on this & other news sites. To be honest, I was literally expecting a war-zone. What I found was an awesome place with awesome, happy people just enjoying life. @oscar and chas: I have been overseas for so long because my personal career pursuits which has taken me to over 20 countries in the past 10 years. As such I can tell you that there are incredibly few places that even come close to what we have in SA. Unfortunately you will never appreciate that fact until you go & see for yourself. Anyway, enjoy it guys. If you choose to focus on the bad stuff, well, that's your loss.

      Toofaan - 2012-04-28 07:17

      Hi William - thanks for some very fair comments. I've also been to a few dozen countries over the past few years while based in ZA. I agree that I would not want to live anywhere else. A lot has gone well (like the cohesiveness of people and cultures in our shopping malls and workplaces). There indeed has been some good development on getting really poor people into decent housing. However, in my opinion, your judgement is based on you expecting a war zone and not finding it. From that perspective, of-course it does not look that bad. However, the number of squatter camps has increased. What others have said about education, crime etc are facts. With the resources that they had, this government should have done a lot better. Yes, corruption is a global thing, but not at the scale in South Africa. It's so bad that even though I love this place, I sometimes think of leaving for the sake of my child. The hope that we have in ZA improving is being slowly eroded by our politicians. And in the end,if u think about it, those politicians are the only real problem we have.

      William - 2012-04-29 05:29

      @Toofaan: I think your comments are fair and yes, it is quite clear that SA is no Utopia, especially for the millions living in poverty & it is quite clear that things are going in the wrong direction. I just find it incredibly frustrating to see so much negativity coming from South Africans when, comparatively speaking, things are not THAT bad. There is work to be done, to be sure, and yes, the politicians are making a mockery of our democracy, but I think it is up to the privileged and advantaged to take action, set good examples & engage in positive dialogue rather than simply throwing up their arms and playing the blame game. We need solutions, not complainers!!!

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-04-27 16:35

    Service delivery protests have improved since Zuma presidency!

  • Fussed - 2012-04-27 16:36

    Who is bull dusting who here. What medication are you on

  • Thamsanqa - 2012-04-27 16:38

    This guy thinks we all left school at standard 8. What a joke of the president (worse ever)

  • Africanism - 2012-04-27 16:38

    Very true mr President we are satisfied with your government,DA always complain about corruption but to us the masses we will continue to vote for you because the corruption is not affecting us we have never had that money.ViVa ANC ViVa.

      Nettie - 2012-04-27 16:45

      Very very funny!

      Christelle - 2012-04-27 16:46

      You are funny........very funny.Fortunately you have a computor and internet access. Quite expensive in South Africa is it not?

      Africanism - 2012-04-27 16:50

      I may be funny but that was just proven in the by elections in soweto izolo

      Christelle - 2012-04-27 16:56

      yip, and the only place where "funny" is always king, is the CIRCUS. And that word has become the descriptive Africanism for the country we live in.

      Mike - 2012-04-27 17:10

      Van you're full of 'it'

      jaco.fridaystreet - 2012-04-27 17:39

      Yep, Funny indeed if it were not so very, very sad! It seems that even the masses have forgotten all about Ubuntu as has the president and his cabinet & government. The masses are so used to being abused daily and in evrt increasing numbers that they are totally numbed, devoid of feeling and reason. Reminds me of the Holocoast pictures!

      Nettie - 2012-04-27 19:17

      When I said you are funny I ment that you are sharp and spot on. Take it as a komplement, Africanism

  • Wes - 2012-04-27 16:39

    His service delivery has improved... more money delivered to his bank account and more wives to service remember he doesn't think of anybody else except himself.

  • Sello - 2012-04-27 16:44

    Yes service delivery has improved, hence service delivery protests have increased.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-27 16:46

    The drug problem has reached the presidency-he is totally out of it! Random rantings!

  • adam - 2012-04-27 16:49

    After nearly TWO DECADES people are still drinking from rivers. All our water sources have deteriorated and most have e-coli (nearly typed e-toll),and a lot of them have human faeces and dead fish floating on top. This is only one point,we cant live on Bells, but if this is a measure of anc service delivery, it is time to VOTE THEM OUT. WE DESERVE BETTER.

      Thobile - 2012-04-27 17:16

      Its true service delivery established frm 1994 to date.You cant fix up the mess that was done over 60 years,over the night!

  • Glyn - 2012-04-27 16:50

    Speech written by Malema! Vote DA to give the anc a big fright!

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-04-27 17:00

    Bull dwang still blowing smoke up the peoples rings !!! And an after thought another rhino death ,what is your minister of environment doing breathing the same smoke ?

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-27 17:01

    Mr Zuma is 100% right, service rpoviding has improved 500% for thieves, murderers, governmet officials, and himself, he just added another wife to his sevice providers list.

  • Sello Mashile - 2012-04-27 17:05

    Forgive him father he doesn't know what he's talking about

      Logen - 2012-04-27 17:57

      Yep u are right Sello.

      chrisjanbotha - 2012-04-27 18:28

      Then take his pay away...

      Gloria - 2012-04-27 21:01

      LOL!

      Sean - 2012-04-28 00:23

      lol

  • esethu3 - 2012-04-27 17:07

    but guys can we not oppose statistics that can also be confirmed by International Indicators. lets not let our hate for the ANC and Zuma make us dumb. Go to an Independent source other than the gov; u will see service delivery in South Africa has drastically improved. FREE BASIC EDUCATION from grade R to 12 ELECTRICITY WATER HOUSING All basic services have been delivered to more than 70+ South Africans; its only been 18years. and these guys have done something that the apartheid gov did not want to do in more than 150 years. Is it too much to ask you people to just put the HATE aside and actually agree that the ANC led government has improved this country. 40+ million SOUTH AFRICANS its allot.Those guys cant just pull am magic stic then everything miraculously happens. DID YOU EVER STUDY ECONOMIC? do you know what causes PUBLIC FAILOR? if yes, u will know for certain that any government that comes into power will operate under economic, social and sometimes individual constraints. I will also make it clear that I do understand the level of corruption in our government. which is bad... and I hate them for that. But my hate for the bad things that they do hasn't blinded me for the good things that they have done... lets all come down and celebrate the 18year old democracy. Let me ask you this question"would any one of you here trade living in South Africa for some other country in the continent of AFRICA? if NO; ask yourself WHY.does the gov has anything to do withIT

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-27 17:19

      Basic education with what kind of standard, it was freeeeeee for the past 200 years. Why does people strike because of poor service deliveries????? Including WATER and ELECTRICITY, and beacuse townships are turning into Pig pens, and getto's

      Sean - 2012-04-27 18:40

      @esethu3- Another comedian !

      Glenda - 2012-04-27 18:55

      With all due respects to your comment 'esethu3'. I don't have to STUDY ECONOMICS, to see that I do not get my refuge collected (which I pay for), the public hospital service is questionable,the parks are now rubbish dumps, taxi ranks and public open toilets. We won't mention the rats that raid the Townships or the deteration of Education...Should I continue? Sorry don't have enough space. Oh I forgot unemployment!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-27 19:25

      Esethu3, Well said !! The ironi of many of these comments is, that one has never, and will never give a damn about the service delivery for the majority of South Africans. The ONLY service delivery one is concerned about, are the pot holes !!

      Denise - 2012-04-28 03:28

      esethu3 - In 1994 the ANC inherited a fully developed & functional 1STworld country with the best hospitals, universities, highways, courts on the entire continent. We had functioning fully staffed hospitals for all. SA’s medical research was at the front of world achievements. Schools had qualified teachers with a proper syllabus & excellent results. Crime was under control, there was no such thing as a murder which wasn’t solved. Jobs were created by a clear policy targeting job creation for the black poor. Township Houses did not crack or fall down. We made our own steel. We built our own buses & railway carriages. We had a nuclear & space program. We had the strongest economy & the strongest military on the continent. The army was a trained professional force who were not unionised or called "workers", nor did they attack the Union Buildings on their day off. Agricultural farmland was protected from development by zoning laws. Bread was subsidised. Wheat, maize, milk boards kept the price of food stable. Borders were controlled & Home Affairs functioned - ID docs, birth certs & passports were accurate & only took weeks, not months or years, to process. We had the purest drinking water, new dams were built & planned all the time. Our roads were properly built & maintained by PERMANENT employees of municipalities & roads department & NO potholes. Tollroads were ONLY allowed if there was an alternative route so the poor were not forced to use them.

      Denise - 2012-04-28 03:42

      esethu3 - Since 1994, theft, nepotism started almost immediately, all the ANC have done is embezzle unheard sums of money and allowed the country to slide into a morass of 3rd world criminality, corruption, general bedlam and chaos - a lining of inner circle pockets until the ship of state collapses just like our crumbling unmaintained infrastructure, roads, hospitals, universities, schools... The ANC kleptocracy destroyed or sold or stole all they inherited in 1994; and after 18 years have no industrial policy and can't decide if they are capitalist or communist; and we have lost 5 million jobs since 1994... So how did we inherit this present mess?

      Keith - 2012-04-28 05:41

      Denise, the ANC has very communistic ideals and from this viewpoint they have succeeded in some areas, for instance the township adjoining the small town where I live now has thousands of RDP houses, with running water. This was at the expense of the town which used to have a caravan park and so on, but see it from the township side, there is a definite improvement for them. The biggest trouble is that people were promised too much, and no thought has been given to improving the general economy to create more wealth.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-28 07:03

      Denise, Your comment is ludricous , You had blinkers on in 1994, and even in 2012 , have not removed them. To say that ,schools, hospitals, crime, drinking water etc, etc, were "1st world" standards, is just totally absurd!!!! Maybe to you and your sister, but most certainly not, to the lady who cleans your house, who by the way, makes up 80 % of our country's population !!!

      Denise - 2012-04-28 09:13

      @ Keith and AnthonyfromAfrica THE TIME FOR EXCUSING THE ANC IS OVER! Yes a million basic little matchbox houses have been built and millions are now connected to water + electricity. But poverty has more than doubled - the number of unemployed South Africans increased from 2 million to 5 million since 1996. The economy in South Africa also is sliding into a financial abyss, straight towards permanent poverty. You believe the government is actually building the country up from a broken wasteland which is strange since to the rest of us the evidence points to the exact opposite! Everything from roads to electricity has deteriorated severely with a few small exceptions since 1994. A case in point - they believe they are fixing a broken electricity system that was given to them in 94. As we on the other hand know the system was fully functional and generating about 44MW in 94 as opposed to the 27MW it manages on a good day now. You are believing your own propaganda. How very strange, I guess only one of us is right. Time will tell. History did not stop when Mandela ended his long walk to freedom. The majority are not all going to live happily ever after... Unfortunately, we are in the position that every time the president sneezes, we all had better pay attention, because we’re going to wind up with a multi-billion dollar snot removal program.

      Marius - 2012-04-28 15:02

      Esethu, Ireland invested in education many years ago - & they are one of the best educated & thriving countries in the world. Approximately 37% of schools in SA are operating without running water and/or electricity! Yes, there have been inprovements, but it could (should) be MUCH better!!! I would not care who ran the country - as long as they did what they were supposed to do - & not what they want to do. Just because other politicians are full of BS, does not mean that our government should be the same. Unfortunately, the "rot" is growing in this country - and although it is still going relatively well in this country in comparrison with the rest of Africa - we are on a slippery slop, & at this rate I am very concerned about the future of this beautiful nation!!!

  • dolf.claassen - 2012-04-27 17:10

    What????? Who are you bullsh@ting,everything is worse,why ditdnt you read the crime stats you dumb ass!!!! Why didnt you read with how much corruption went up!! Go bullsh@t somebody else please shower man!!

  • tmashile - 2012-04-27 17:13

    The President is right.... when you look back some of us never had access to electricity, running water in our yards and proper toilets. He acknowledged that there's a lot to be done.......

      Bryan - 2012-04-29 07:50

      18 years to hook you up to electricity and sanitation and you're happy with that level of service?

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-04-27 17:14

    CR@P !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Henry - 2012-04-27 17:20

    The president's wright about one thing, much more still needs to be done. On the side of democracy and freedom. I don't see any thing free in our national freedom. All that I see is that our government is expensive. The residents, almost in every sector, are required money. There are often some seasons of the workers' strikes, the protests about service delivery. Currently there's a problem about the e-tolling system (a system not democratically acquired) recently. we were shown a situation (in KZN where people cross the dangerous Tugela river, foe their pension payout. More still needs to be done, that's the point I agree with.

  • sacitizen - 2012-04-27 17:20

    ZUMA THE JOKER - UNEMPLOYMENT AT 24%, AIDS AT 5.6 MILIION, NUMBER TO PAYE TAX PAYERS DOWN FROM 5 MILLION TO 2 MILLION, THE E TOLL SAGA COSTING R30 BILLION, CORRUPTION SKY ROCKETING, THE POLICE AND HEALTH SERVICES DIS FUNCTIONAL-I COULD GO ON BUT I WANT - ITS TIME FOR CHANGE, REAL CHANG FOR ALL SOUTH AFRICANS. A GOVERMENT THAT ACTS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ITS CITIZENS

  • Peter - 2012-04-27 17:22

    It has actually worsened since 1994, as ANC officials has become more corrupt and lawless

  • Kabelo - 2012-04-27 17:24

    Zuma must take all his wife and tour south africa.is were he can talk about service delivary.Mr Pre stop compering u self to previous leaders they were better than u.u failing.

  • Pule - 2012-04-27 17:25

    First article zuma is going to Unioun Buldings,2nd article Zuma is expected to address the crowd.3rd article Zuma arrivied in Unioun Building joining 21 shoot salute.4th article Zuma spoke about service deliveries in his speech,5th article Zum spoke of what?Why don't you just write down his speech as a whole.Don't enrich yourselve with our internet bolts.

  • George - 2012-04-27 17:33

    Yes I feel my access to the mortuary (I suppose if I am lucky) has been greatly facilitated by the marauding criminals, since the death penalty has been done away with. And if I live another day, then the corrupt morons will rob me of any hard earned money. Nice one.

  • pat.louw - 2012-04-27 17:34

    I am not so sure about that Mr President.

  • ntunjab - 2012-04-27 17:40

    This is an insults to the Poor community, Zuma u shud say ever since you took over as a president corruption has improved a lot!!

  • Keith - 2012-04-27 17:40

    I hate to admit this but that's the truth, the past government was far better than this current ANC when it comes to governmental issues such as service delivery, dealing with crime, creating job opportunities, maintaining discipline in key government positions, free nepotism, free corruption, etc the only problem about the past regime was their racist policy in government laws and oppressing other non white race.

  • Jack - 2012-04-27 17:46

    "Service delivery has improved since 1994 -------For me, that is..." ha ha ha ha

  • George - 2012-04-27 17:49

    With four, or is it six wives, he better deliver good service. Hee Hee. Pun fully intended.

  • Luzuko - 2012-04-27 17:55

    From one pothole in 1994 to 18 in 2012, all in one street! yah neh, real improvent is say. met eish

  • Peter - 2012-04-27 17:56

    That's a pure lie Mr president

  • Jan - 2012-04-27 17:59

    JZ wake up and smell the roses!!