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State of the Nation: 10 key issues

2012-02-10 07:14

Cape Town - Not sure what to make of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address? City Press political reporter Carien du Plessis does the work for you.

1. Job creation: The results of government’s efforts “are encouraging, but we’re not out of the woods yet”. In 2011, 365 000 people were employed, which is the country’s best performance since the 2008 recession. There was no update on where we are with the “five million jobs by 2014” promise from Zuma’s previous State of the Nation address.

2. Mining: “We remain committed to the creation of a favourable and globally competitive mining sector, and to promote the industry to attract investment and achieve both industrial growth and much-needed transformation”. Zuma also mentioned the beneficiation strategy, but there were no promises on nationalisation.

3. Infrastructure development: There will be five major geographically-focused programmes in various provinces, connected to mining, transport and agriculture.

4. Housing: The R1bn guarantee fund to promote access to loans for people earning too little to qualify for home loans and too much for RDP homes, will start working in April.

5. Electricity: Until the Medupi and Kusile power stations come into operation, the electricity system will be “very tight” and we must save. Government continues to search for renewable energy sources.

6. Education:
Government is pleased that the matric percentage pass is on an upward trend and that Grade R enrolment is rising, but it is still concerned that 120 000 7- to 15-year-olds are not in school. There were giggles in the House as Zuma thanked teacher unions for supporting government’s campaign to be in class, on time.

7. Health: No update on how the National Health Insurance is progressing, but the refurbishment of hospitals and nurses’ homes for this is going ahead. South Africans should “live healthier lives to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension", Zuma said.

8. Land reform: Nothing new here, except that government has only distributed 8% of its 30% target (by 2014), and that the willing-buyer-willing-seller principle hasn’t worked. The land reform green paper was released last year.

9. Labour broking: No promise was made on an outright ban, which is what Cosatu has asked for. Instead, government “seeks to eliminate all forms of abuse practices inherent in labour broking”. Zuma also said he hoped “common ground” would be found this year on the matter.

10. Social cohesion: This year many heritage projects will be undertaken, including revamping the graves of struggle heroes. The presidential guesthouse in Pretoria is to be named after former ANC leader Sefako Makgatho and the diplomatic guesthouse after Johnny Makatini, a “late prolific diplomat”.
 

Comments
  • Jaba - 2012-02-10 07:31

    Take number 10 (name changes), scrap it, and invest all the saved money into number 6. After you have done that you will notice how numbers 1, 2, 3 & 4 automatically start improving leading to an economy that doesn’t care much for numbers 8 & 9 cause everyone is making money and are happy. Lastly I did not mention number 5 because it is corruption and holding the nation to a ransom that is taking place there – the electricity rates are one of the largest threats to the manufacturing sector, and as such one of the largest threats to SA.

      Ian - 2012-02-10 10:13

      Well said Jaba, I agree. Basically all Zuma did is what he does best; Talk k*k for an hour!

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-02-10 10:31

      It's funny how the ANC is now all of a sudden keen on developing the infrastructure when they inherited a country with one of the best infrastructures in the world and then effed it up!

      Byron - 2012-02-10 13:13

      @Therealwarren- Ignorance is bliss. Our country has grown substantially. The infrastructure at the time that you speak of was infrastructure for the benifit of a small minority (white people). Also note that at the time, due to international sanctions our economy was heading slowly towards a Zimbabwean (which was once the breadbasket of Africa) situation.

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-02-10 14:41

      @Byron - I beg your pardon? Our country is only now starting to get to a Zimbabwe state. I meant the infrastructure that was never improved during the 16 years of ANC rule. For 2 decades they were hell bent on making the state richer by closing down the railway infrastructure. Never building new power stations, mothballing existing power stations etc etc. all in the name of making a profit i.e. corruption. And mark my words...this is all talk and no action! In 16 years time we will be a Zimbabwe and we wil be saying "we will build infrastructure, create jobs etc etc". We've heard it all before and we'll hear it again.

      Byron - 2012-02-10 15:49

      I get your point warren and I’m not saying that there was not some form of incompetence but just want you to understand that since the conception of "the New South Africa" the funds available to government now had to be utilised to cover and uplift a much greater part of society which were previously neglected. This basically means that they had to do much more with the little that they had. e.g. building roads in impoverished areas, housing, clinics, providing AIDS medication, social grants etc etc. One of the ways to finance this other then making loans is to cut certain major costs or avoiding to incur any further costs/debts. FYI, I agree that not acting sooner in building new power station was a bad call but the ANC has not been in power for long. I guess trial and error is how democracies are shaped

      John - 2012-02-10 18:43

      Where are the Swedish 5 Billion? Where are the IMF Billions, the Bribes which the IMF paid for the Kgatse Dam? Remember the IMF scandal? You can not be trusted! Publish the World Cup Accounts, show the World what a machine gunner you are!

      John - 2012-02-10 22:14

      Zuzuma Jesus loves you, Zuzuma, Your mother loves you, Zuzuma, Your father loves, Repent, Manpara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say that? Lets have a look: Zuma is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalization. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-02-11 07:54

      @Therealwarren - I agree with Byron. The economy was created for white people and for them it was first world. For the rest it was third world. We needed BEE (you could call it what you want) to restore parity. WEE is how whites gained the advantage in the first place. It's weird how people think that because we have such great infrastructure we were first world. We were first world only to those who actually gained benefit from them. Lots of our infrastructure was built after 94' and yes the ANC did mess up alot, but don't let that blind you from history and future goals.

  • Stephen - 2012-02-10 07:32

    A poor speech. Dealing with corruption will literally sort out most of the problems above. This should rather have been addressed. The still ongoing debate about nationalisation of the mines - despite the recent report indicating that it is not possible - is destroying our foreign investment.

      Vince.York - 2012-02-10 07:48

      Nonsense, Mantashe has this all sorted out! (NOT)

  • Larry - 2012-02-10 07:36

    Its a joke to hear Zuma talk about stamping out corruption. He could start by resigning. That alone would go a long way.

  • Tallica7 - 2012-02-10 07:41

    The education policy should be changed to a quality over quantity approach! We want to finance a railway a housing project and land redistribution so its good luck to those paying tax and the mines?? Or is the etoll going on line? Nothing said there! As per usual hot air the real state of the nation comes in the Budget speech!

  • ian.rundle1 - 2012-02-10 07:45

    SO we are in going "nowhere" as suspected.

  • Sihle - 2012-02-10 07:57

    So non of you found a single positive thing out of this speech. Try and find positives in every situation and build on working on the negatives. How are we supposed to build our country if all we do is being negative about evrything

      Stephen - 2012-02-10 08:13

      Are you listening to all the hot air that is being sprouted by JZ at the breakfast talk this morning. What positives? Lets deal with the real issues here and not cloud them with BS. Surely as the ANC you make one policy decision, stick to it and move forward ... not have differing factions saying the total opposite of one another. What a joke!

      Jannie - 2012-02-10 08:13

      Sihle - why not give us your single "positive" - one positive his glasses did not become a spectacle.... how are we supposed to build a country with al the corruption going on, and on and on

      Heinrich - 2012-02-10 08:49

      Sihile, it may sound positive in speech, but under all the points there lies the realities. Ideals are one thing and realities quite another thing, obviously any political party will promise away just to keep votes. The ANC, firstly, is a struggle-party, they have no place in a democracy because they will always find something to struggle with, wether it be in their own ranks or with the past, so they will never be able to move forward.

      lerumo.mkhonto - 2012-02-10 09:23

      Highlight the positives for us please Sihle

      RubenJacobs - 2012-02-10 12:10

      Sihle I suppose you were one of the people who voted for change!!!!!!!!! Please just show me the change!!!!!!??????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      pat.tony2 - 2012-02-10 14:25

      WE not being negative, the speech its self was same old lies. when zuma took office Unemployment was at 23% and now its at 25%? does that mean, while others are getting new jobs that he claim were created those had jobs are losing more jobs faster? Okay, on education, 70.2% achieve thats all the ANC say but here is an interesting fact, Now Universities states that school leavers are not prepared hence they increased their admission requirement on top of that also admission tests .Okay lets not forget that National health Insurance, Retirement Reform jst to mention a few. Its fine lets clap hands that about 16 million people have access and are receiving social grands. Just on that note, what does that achievement say about your state of economy? I think a grade 1 year old will answer that question by say "dat mean our people can not afford their standard of living. Sihle am trying so hard to see the positive, oh yah, i got 1, The ANC is turning 100 and well money was spend on the Centenary celebration hehehe , thats a good 1.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-10 07:57

    Very disappointing. Doe's Zuma really think he inspired his people last night with that speech? We were hoping for him to step up and make serious ground breaking changes...so we could say this president has heard the peoples voices, but there was almost nothing I could say made me feel , wow Zuma is the man. I think he is in danger of being re-elected, going by that nothing speech.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-10 08:38

      That was a mistake I made by saying,- he is in danger of being re-elected,...of coarse I ment NOT BEING RE-ELECTED.

  • Reynold - 2012-02-10 07:59

    I don't feel my President has given any great shakes or secured the confidence of the people of this nation. We need a great shake of confidence.

  • Derk - 2012-02-10 08:02

    365,000 employed but how many lost their jobs?

  • Derk - 2012-02-10 08:04

    Johnny Makatini,why not name it Johnny Walker rather

  • jofouche - 2012-02-10 08:08

    1 billion rand???? i remember he said something about 830000 rand subsidy per person thats like nough money for 12- 13 thousand people....what a joke

      jofouche - 2012-02-10 08:13

      and the gauteng government is wasting 4.2 billion rand per year which they cant accont for???

  • Schalk - 2012-02-10 08:12

    Sihle - there are too many we will, we are, we are planning to - there were no we have successfully completed - nothing. It was a non-speech i'm afraid and it did not fill me with comfort that we are in good hands. The goverment is not delivering to the people, thats a fact. It is hard to see the positives when it is outweighed by the negatives.

  • godesha - 2012-02-10 08:20

    Oh blah, blah, blah fish paste. I think we have all heard this before, for the past 17 years if my memory serves me correctly. Amazing how the words "no promises", "no updates", "nothing new" feature again and again during his speech, but then I am not really surprised at all. Personally, I do not believe a word that comes out of JZ's (or any government official's) mouth.

  • Sechaba - 2012-02-10 08:22

    why always change names??? especially to the name of people??? why only the "black" ANC former leaders? What sense does it make to remove the name "Voortrek Straat" to "Govan Mbeki street", "Andries Pretotius Street" to "Charlotte Maxeke Street"? am just asking, if there is a need to change names why cant the government use names which will accommodate every South African citizen, say "Panorama Street or Galjoen Street" for example instead of having Nelson Mandela Drive/Avenue in every town/city

      Khomotso - 2012-02-10 08:35

      I would prefer tha names to be changed to something like Flower or anything. Just as long as its not anyone's name

      Sechaba - 2012-02-10 08:48

      @Khomotso, my point exactly, imagine VF+ wins election one day, sure they would wanna change this names to their own leaders as well, am just saying, i stand to be corrected.

      Susan - 2012-02-10 10:44

      Names are part of history. One can not take away history by changing names. Apart from the political issues, it irritates the hell out of everybody, cost a lot of money and confuses a lot of people. The names that are changed are mostly commemorating something or somebody in history, such as the Hugenote tunnel,why change the name? Rather build nice new modern roads and name them, after any person! That would truly honour the person.

  • Samantha - 2012-02-10 09:04

    MY STATE OF THE NATION SPEECH: We would all like to be very rich, own as much land as we want, do what we want to whomever we want whenever we want and NOT face any consequences, say what we like to whoever has dared to "get in our face" and feel justified for our rude and arrogant behaviour because our dear sensibilities were challenged or offended......etc,etc. Now wouldn't that make life in SA simply fabulous darling!!! Well apparently that's what a large majority seem to think these days? Now that my sarcastic rant is shared please read my next comment/s :)

  • Samantha - 2012-02-10 09:09

    If we truly want to change things in our wonderful country shouldn't we be looking to ALL stand together and pull together on issues, not constantly look to stir up hatred, division and strife??? When we look to have OUR views or ideas heard or implemented shouldn't we stop and consider what our true motives are behind what we say or do??? If I secretly delight in the anger, bitterness or hatred that I stir within you while trying to appear oh so innocent in my actions/words am I not the weaker person???

  • Omrisho - 2012-02-10 09:10

    and a commitment to try and combat crime effectively??? or did i miss that...

      Ann - 2012-02-10 10:05

      No you didn't, a question I have as well! My partner was murdered during a hi-jacking 6 weeks ago and I still have diddly squat from the police, life is cheap in SA. We live in jails and the criminals live in freedom! my conclusion anyway.

      Omrisho - 2012-02-10 11:18

      Ann, i am so very sorry, sincere condolences to you... speechless...

      Ann - 2012-02-10 11:24

      Thank you Omrisho, crime affects all of us in one way or another. It is far reaching and heartbreaking to see the ripple effect that it has on family, friend and colleagues as well.

  • Clay - 2012-02-10 09:15

    In terms of point 10, my biggest fear is that we are slowly removing traces of our history. I understand that we need more focus on the African history but we can't ignore the fact that much of our history (at least written) started in 1652. I get that who controls the present controls the past but there really does need to be a balance. You can't replace one form of bias with another...

      StarStruck - 2012-02-10 10:06

      I fail to understand that too you know. A lot of whites also lost their lives back in apartheid defending a nation of whites from Die Swart Gevaar. The heroes like Paul Kruger who was the first South African president, Afrikaans was not even recognised as an official new language spoken by Burgers of South Africa (Show me another group of people in our day and time that developed their own language purely out of spite because of British and Netherland rule). Die Groot Trek, also because of European rule. The World was a different place 100 years ago, understanding this fact will save us a lot of time. Our history is being trashed instead of making space for the history of blacks. Every one of us calls this home and everyone’s history should be respected seeing as we are educated and civil.

      Clay - 2012-02-10 11:24

      @StarStruck - The point isn't black or white history. The point is a South African history which takes into account all races.

      StarStruck - 2012-02-10 11:42

      Clay. Actually it is. Do you even know who O.R Thambo was when the name was changed from Jan Smuts. We had the apartheid government who did not recognise the struggles of blacks and now we have the ANC not recognising the achievements of whites. I am saying that our history is just an important as theirs, in fact it shaped the country we occupy today (the evils of apartheid, infrastructure, schools, laws, the beautiful Union Buildings...) and failing to see this means failing to accept whites as being part of this country.

  • Samantha - 2012-02-10 09:16

    Why is it so easy for us to speak negative, hurtful, hatred filled words at the first opportunity we get?? Why are we so ready to be judgmental, critical, aggressive and abusive towards our fellow countrymen when we are all on the receiving end of the same things from others??? Surely the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is not completely dead and buried?? I know it's not easy to always be the happy ray of sunshine when someone has "slapped you in the face" but honestly, where does the cycle EVER END if we don't make a conscious, brave decision to CHOOSE not to be the same as the one who "slapped" us?? A ship is turned very slowly, little by little, and we can also "turn" our country's future around if we ALL start trying to do even a very LITTLE kind and pleasant gesture to our fellow man/woman out there.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-10 09:20

      17 years to turn a ship..come on.

      sorryson3 - 2012-02-10 09:40

      Sinking ships get harder to turn as the go down !!!

      Samantha - 2012-02-10 10:18

      Agreed that sinking ships are harder to turn as they go down, but didn't u see the deeper point here??

      Samantha - 2012-02-10 11:56

      Wow how unbeliebably sad and heartbreaking! I am using this article as a platform to say something about how we should simply TRY and be positive and nice to one another in a general sense, not specifically with regard to Zuma's speech, and how many people have given a thumbs down???!! I'm sorry you guys are right, it's so much better to be vengeful and nasty. My bad!!

  • Karlien - 2012-02-10 09:29

    WHERE IS CRIME and MURDER on this little list?? isnt the reduction of the barbaric crime in this country a key issue???

      Samantha - 2012-02-10 09:41

      apparently not!- no wonder the people take the law into their own hands , who can blame them when even the president is not interested

  • Samantha - 2012-02-10 09:33

    and nothing to be done about the crime ????????? you mentioned it for all of 2 seconds- pathetic!-

  • Errol - 2012-02-10 09:37

    Kick the can!!!!!!Sweep under the carpet!!!ONLY one point is REALLY needed and all the rest will fall into place..Ie.,APPOINT EDUCATED,COMPETENT,NON- CORRUPT OFFICIALS, INTO EVERY ASPECT OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEP, AND, ALL STATE OWNED BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-10 15:33

      ABSOLUTELY!!!!! THIS IS THE DOWN FALL OF THIS GOVNERMENT. HOW DO YOU PLACE ANYONE IN A PROMINANT OFFICAL GOVERNMENT POSITION, WITHOUT THE RIGHT QUALIFICATION, CRAZY TO THINK IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.

  • Sihle - 2012-02-10 09:46

    1. naTIONALISATION IS NOT gOVERMENT POLICY 2. Housing subsidy for R3 500 and R 15 000 bracket earners 3. Infrastructure development which will create jobs in the process and full time jobs in a long run.

      Susan - 2012-02-10 10:50

      Shile, that housing subsity will be fantastic (if the country can afford it) but I remember that I thought last night, will this be only for blacks again? Or will my children also benefit from it? (Since it is going to be my tax money for the past 30 years that is going to pay for it). I am really a bit concerned that this is again a socialistic move, which in the end may prove to be too expensive. I hope I am wrong though. But looking at the state of all government services, hospitals,schools,government buildings etc I wonder - where is the money going to come from?

  • Willem - 2012-02-10 09:53

    Talk is cheep, it is in the doing. As long as nationalization is in the air there wont be significant investment. Education is a disaster, and really, can you celebrate? Why name changes if you want to revive the economy? It cost money and what for? Stop corruption and bad service delivery, by stop employing people who are there to collect a cheque but nothing else.

  • celestest - 2012-02-10 09:56

    Its 7'o clock on a Thursday, the regular crowd shuffles in Its been me, they've been coming to see.... Lets face it- our nation is in deep denial. We have drinking and disrobing during the annual "state of the nation" Did he really address poverty- the real people I ignore at the robot"? or the people living in our ever increasing shanty towns? Does the president with his beautifully dressed, designer outfits know the heart of his people? Does he know the despair? Does he know that every black " worker" person I have spoken to, prefer the old regime, when people actually cared" Or does the new regime with BMW for his cronies suit him? Your state of the nation meant nothing. It was like a Hollywood event- where the rich showed that they dont care.

      Samantha - 2012-02-10 10:09

      I half expected a reporter to stop him on the red carpet and ask him who he was wearing!!- it was a hollywood event alright -

  • Matthew - 2012-02-10 10:01

    And Crime?? (international investments)? Corruption?? (may assist the economy if the chops stop 're-allocation' of budgets)? Very sad that social cohesion hits the top 10 ahead of the two mentioned above! Qith the amount of VAT that governement earns from security companies why should they insist on change?

  • sorryson3 - 2012-02-10 10:02

    Point6 : LIES DAMN LIES !!! Read Prof Jonathan Jansen's article released in the National Press ( YOU Magazine incl )" FIGHT DRIFT TO MEDIOCRITY " To quote " But you would not sense this crisis in the Gr12 examinations because the major newspapers , with one or two exceptions, have swallowed THE LIES from the Department Of Basic Education that more than 70% of our children " passed " this national examination. Never before have there been so many distinctions, we are told. I DO NOT TRUST A SYSTEM THAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR A CHILD TO PASS Gr12 WITH 30% IN SOME SUBJECTS AND 40% IN OTHER SUBJECTS. I WOULD BE FILLED WITH FEAR WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT YOU CAN GET 32% IN MATHS AND 27% IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE, AND STILL GET AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT THAT SAYS YOU CAN STILL CONTINUE TO STUDY TOWARDS A BACHELOR'S DEGREE AT UNIVERSITY " !!! Dilute or invest, that is the question.

      Samantha - 2012-02-10 10:11

      and even worse if those are people who will be pushed through to become the next doctors, teachers, .....

  • sibusiso.mgobhozi - 2012-02-10 10:32

    He is missing corruption in these ten key issues...or maybe replace one and put in CORRUPTION.

  • Rosie - 2012-02-10 11:46

    Looking at point 2 and 4. The President must becarefull. It will put SA in the same position as Greece. Debt,debt and debt. When someone has not money how can he / she be encourage to borrow? How will the Creditors be able to take there Debtors to Court ? Losing and wasting money. Politicians wants to stay in power to the cost of their people of their Country. Look at Italy ,Greece,Portugal and who else? Look at the Biblical places . killing,killing and killing .All in the sake of power.

      kaylene.alie - 2012-02-10 14:12

      You don't know what you're talking about.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-10 11:58

    If this country REALY wanted to be positive and inclusive they would change names to something from the here and now! NOT from anyones past! Afterall we are SUPPOSED to be building a NEW future for EVERYONE! If this is the the "rainbow" nation then we should show it.We can all still teach our children our history,culture and heros but this living in the past is just causing more division.

  • Lindiwe - 2012-02-10 12:59

    Am a student at de university of de Free state(QWA-QWA), my comment is dat de President touched de issue of education which was good 4 me.The fact dat parent should also encourage children 2 study nd is not only university dat offer learning.

      Steve - 2012-02-10 13:28

      Lindiwe, please read sorryson3's comments above. I am so pleased to say that your use of the English language was another proud South African moment for me. I am sure that all your Educators and Professors are profoundly pleased that you are enrolled at the University of The Free State (Qwa-Qwa). I truly hope that you are not the norm but the exception to the state of our youth’s scholastic understandings.

  • pat.tony2 - 2012-02-10 14:26

    WE not being negative, the speech its self was same old lies. when zuma took office Unemployment was at 23% and now its at 25%? does that mean, while others are getting new jobs that he claim were created those had jobs are losing more jobs faster? Okay, on education, 70.2% achieve thats all the ANC say but here is an interesting fact, Now Universities states that school leavers are not prepared hence they increased their admission requirement on top of that also admission tests .Okay lets not forget that National health Insurance, Retirement Reform jst to mention a few. Its fine lets clap hands that about 16 million people have access and are receiving social grands. Just on that note, what does that achievement say about your state of economy? I think a grade 1 year old will answer that question by say "dat mean our people can not afford their standard of living. Sihle am trying so hard to see the positive, oh yah, i got 1, The ANC is turning 100 and well money was spend on the Centenary celebration hehehe , thats a good 1.

  • pat.tony2 - 2012-02-10 14:26

    WE not being negative, the speech its self was same old lies. when zuma took office Unemployment was at 23% and now its at 25%? does that mean, while others are getting new jobs that he claim were created those had jobs are losing more jobs faster? Okay, on education, 70.2% achieve thats all the ANC say but here is an interesting fact, Now Universities states that school leavers are not prepared hence they increased their admission requirement on top of that also admission tests .Okay lets not forget that National health Insurance, Retirement Reform jst to mention a few. Its fine lets clap hands that about 16 million people have access and are receiving social grands. Just on that note, what does that achievement say about your state of economy? I think a grade 1 year old will answer that question by say "dat mean our people can not afford their standard of living. Sihle am trying so hard to see the positive, oh yah, i got 1, The ANC is turning 100 and well money was spend on the Centenary celebration hehehe , thats a good 1.

  • Darryn - 2012-02-10 20:06

    Please can someone explain to me why land reform is still even discussed? As far as I remember, there were a series of bills passed in 1994 to 1996 to give rights to people who's land had been taken away by the apartheid government. You had to prove it etc and you would either get the land back, or shares in the UNESCO protected stuff, like many game reserves in northern KZN. Those bills had clear cut off dates that were well into the last century. So what is this land reform? Taking farms away from white farmers? Rome was not built in a day people! Give it 50 years and land reform will happen naturally, since whites are a declining population group! Just look at Africa's history, where resources are taken by force and "colonials" are kicked out, the resource goes to pot. Its nothing to do with skin colour, just some people know more about farming and should be given time to pass on the skills peacefully to the next generation. This kind of BS is why the afrikaans culture and people are on a international potential genocide watchlist!!!! Wake up ANC!

  • linteddy.teezy - 2012-02-10 21:18

    what is taking them long to build a university at mpumalanga. No wonder will always be a sleepy province

  • Zebelon - 2012-02-10 22:16

    Access to loans : this is left to speculation; indications are that a person who earns R15 000 per month will get housing assistance to the tune of R83 000. Speculation and ignorent calculation is that one at the starting salary of R3 500 will get assistance of about R20 000. This would be an amount close to the RDP amount that has been on offer all these years. Why all the cumbersome separation of schemes?

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