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Zuma pledges to fix 'trouble spots'

2012-08-09 18:05

Pretoria - Problems in provinces struggling to deliver basic education will be rectified, President Jacob Zuma told a Women's Day event in Pretoria on Thursday.

The "serious difficulties" in delivering education in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo were getting attention.

"We will do our best, working with communities, to reverse current difficulties and deliver quality education in these provinces," he said.

Some grades in Limpopo received textbooks seven months after the school year started, while others were still waiting. Earlier in the year, lobby group Section27 obtained a court order for books to be delivered to Limpopo by 15 June. They were finally delivered on the revised date of 21 June.

On Monday, Zuma received a preliminary report from a presidential task team he assigned to investigate the debacle, amidst calls for the axing of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Strides

On Thursday, Zuma said SA was on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of promoting universal access to education.

"The number of girls attending primary, secondary and tertiary education has improved significantly. This is important because education is central to development and can serve as a catalyst to address gender disparities."

Zuma said the graduation of women from institutions of higher learning was steadily increasing, particularly in science, engineering and technology.

Zuma told thousands of people at the Union Buildings that SA had made notable strides to elevate the status of women since 1994.

"Most of the achievements in reducing extreme levels of income poverty can be ascribed to government's comprehensive social protection programme."

He said it would take years, if not decades, to completely eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment, but South Africa would soldier on to achieve that goal.

"We are happy to have achieved the Millennium Development Goal target of reducing the number of people living on less than one US dollar a day," he said.

He said South Africa was making good progress in improving women's access to health care services.

There had been aggressive implementation of policies to increase access to antiretroviral medicines. The country's objective was to increase access to antiretroviral drugs to 2.5 million South Africans by 2014.

He appealed to communities to support families and women who were victims of domestic violence. People should report violence and abuse to the police.

"As a nation we must unite against all hooligans who attack and sexually assault women and girls."

Zuma said the government would eradicate gender disparities, and he urged the private sector to do the same.

"Experience has shown that voluntary mechanisms [to enforce] gender equality are inadequate. For this reason, we have directed the ministry of women, children and people with disabilities to fast-track the Gender Equality Bill, so that we can enforce gender parity measures across all sectors of society."

Comments
  • paul.anthony.dawson - 2012-08-09 18:09

    The "spot" being the whole of South Africa. A bit late Zuma.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-09 18:14

      Why did it have to come to this? why did it take court orders for Zipper and his band of delinquents to do something?

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-09 18:14

      Zuma is always trying to 'Fix' things. The reality is that the ANC government has broken everything.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-09 18:33

      In stead of pondering yet again on the past, why don't you get the basics right to start with. Deliver the books on time - and when you do, ensure that some stupid a#$e does not arrange for the books to be dumped. That is SIMPLE and EASY to accomplish. Unless I am completely stupid in thinking it is an easy to do. Then, we would like to know what else you will be doing? Easy to say we will fix it, but what is the plan?

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-09 18:46

      Notice "We will do our best, working with communities, to reverse current difficulties and deliver quality education in these provinces," he said. So if its not fixed, blame the communities.

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-08-09 20:08

      Ja Ja JAA Zuma jy praat te veel doen iets omtrent crime en onderwys en verkragtings en moord ensovoorts. Empty vessels make the loudest noice. Everything you say is bu#lSh#t.

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-10 03:01

      I ALWAYS have an issue whenever this guy opens his mouth lol. We will do our best, working with communities, to reverse current difficulties (blah blah)" So FINALLY he want to REVERSE to what??? Oh to the apartheid era education levels???? LOL "He said it would take years, if not decades, to completely eradicate poverty, inequality and unemployment"..! NO ONE in the ENTIRE WORLD has managed to COMPLETELY eradicate blah blah..! He wants to do it in a FEW DECADES? How about never? The current situation of POVERTY is 100% linked to the monetary system that the ENTIRE EARTH is using currently. If it was not for value of life linked directly to a currency, but rather based on a different criteria, the POVERTY would have been non-existant. Let me put it to yo uthis way - if theoretically Aliens arrived on earth and we started trading! What we would be exchanging? Our currency? Face it Zuma you are selling something yo udon;t really comprehend! My thoughts would be to create a Millenium Goal of IMPROVING lifes with the value of education! There IS a saying - you can give a man a fish and you will feed him for a DAY! TEACH him how to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime!

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-08-10 17:57

      the only thing the anc cant break is a chappies chewing gum - but they will misplace it and then blame it on a third force

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-08-09 18:13

    I'm sure it will.

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-08-09 21:35

      Zuma, skip this year, come back next year

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-09 18:14

    Why would you care anyway, you have no formal education either. It is simple Zuma. Fire these idiots that are responsible. Then fire yourself. Cannot believe that the President of the country has to sort out textbooks. Just shows how pathetic this government is

  • Jennifer - 2012-08-09 18:15

    and I promise to make many promises

  • nigel.cupido.73 - 2012-08-09 18:20

    Come on Mr Prez, how long does it take to read a report?! Fire the national DG and provincial HOD without delay then you can read the report at your leisure...

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-09 18:21

    yeah yeah and so say all of us. Trying to charm the woman from the ANCWL so they will vote for him. The minister of basic education in for a big pay rise for stuffing up our education in our country. Thought he was going to make heads roll, go guts only wants glory.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-08-09 18:21

    Too little too late, 'showerhead'. Nobody can give back the lost year to these children nor to the country. Not you nor anyone else can unwind the clock. Typical ANC single-working-brain-cell 'management'(sic[k]).

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-09 18:23

    In stead of pondering yet again on the past, why don't you get the basics right to start with. Deliver the books on time - and when you do, ensure that some stupid a#$e does not arrange for the books to be dumped. That is SIMPLE and EASY to accomplish. Unless I am completely stupid in thinking it is an easy to do. Then, we would like to know what else you will be doing? Easy to say we will fix it, but what is the plan?

  • MakaAmah - 2012-08-09 18:26

    why is the government or the DA not making noise abt OVERCROWDING in many KZN schools? i know a school where the average learners per class is 80/// i also know for a fact that most schools in KZN do not have textbooks and the teachers are forced to reproduce books by making copies or writing on the board... so much for quality education for the black child!!!!

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-08-09 19:38

      MakaAmah, you voted them in and will most likely bote for them again so live with your choices.

  • Senzo Khumalo Empang'sweni - 2012-08-09 18:26

    We have eyes we want 2 d committement he talks about if it could b met o not o it was just n empty promises that they u used to deceives ud with.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-08-09 18:43

      Ye Senzo remember the first time you voted? remember those promises they made they are no different now to what they were then. Big voting time coming soon see it as an opportuinity to fix the wrongs that voters did to their chilren.

      ama.ntuli.33 - 2012-08-09 19:47

      hey Senzo, who would you say is the face of the ANC? www.faceof.it You are clearly disillusioned withj JZ - who can deliver?

  • Senzo Khumalo Empang'sweni - 2012-08-09 18:27

    We have eyes we want 2 c d committement he talks about if it could b met o not o it was just n empty promises that they u used to deceives us with.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-08-09 18:47

      @senzo Your spelling and grammar look like the product of Zuma's education policies. Please stick to standard english.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-09 18:29

    OO YES! AFRICAN LEADERS FULL OF CONSTANT PLEDGES AND EMPTY PROMISES. LET ALONE CONVERTING THEIR HOME VILLAGES INTO NEW YORK CITIES (ZUMAVILLES)

      godfrey.welman - 2012-08-09 18:54

      It will be intersting to see which of the 2 bills he'll support, Gender Equality (for woman) or Traditional Leader(against woman) as you say talk is cheap.

  • Motho - 2012-08-09 18:31

    I guess since that the president is not educated he doesn't see the need for another person to be educated!

      joyce.kweyama - 2012-08-09 23:44

      You've said IT

  • meshach.jason - 2012-08-09 18:32

    hope all said is done

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-09 18:35

    Zooomie, rather pledge to take yourself and cANCer out of SA altogether because if you don't there will soon be nothing left.

  • christopher.buyskes - 2012-08-09 18:48

    Campaign reteric

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-08-09 18:49

    hahahaha....and he can't even fix "road potholes"

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-09 18:50

    Wara wara vet bek padda!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-09 18:52

    shame, some stupid fools will still believe old zoom zoom!

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-09 18:56

    When you were kicking out Malema you forgot to kick out all of his tenders in Limpopo, what kind of a stupid-fool when he was sent to drop books at school and he decided to drop them in water unless its a sabotage from malema's squad

  • des.cider - 2012-08-09 18:56

    The problems will be rectified! Our President is going out to teach woodwork.

  • ryan.cotterell.9 - 2012-08-09 18:57

    Who will be the next ANC leader?? You can vote here: www.faceof.it !!!!

      ama.ntuli.33 - 2012-08-09 19:44

      Thanks for sharing that website. but why is Mbeki there?

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-08-09 18:57

    Words...talk... and promises....all to late for the children......how are they expected to catch up....get rid of Angie....

  • Billy - 2012-08-09 18:57

    oxycute them

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-09 19:04

    "Surely, my farmyard friends, you do not want Jones to come back? Now, if there was one thing everyone was certain about it was that they did not want Jones to come back."

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-09 19:32

      Well said. We are all equal, but some are more equal than others hey? (bet you were waiting for that one)

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-09 19:06

    This is like watching one of those amateurishly bad and predictable movies. You know what's going to happen, but you can not fathom why none of the characters can see it coming.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-09 19:11

    Blah blah blah, always the same rubbish. We are improving gender equality, more women going to school, more women having access to health care. WHAT'S THE POINT OF EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE IS GOING DOWN THE TOILET!!!!! And it's women deserving praise for doing things for themselves. Wish this "president" will stop feeding us his bulls#$% and do something constructive, just for one day, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-08-09 19:13

    wake up south africa please.......

      ama.ntuli.33 - 2012-08-09 19:45

      go vote for the face of the ANC! www.faceof.it

  • Erna - 2012-08-09 19:15

    Same old, same old. Nothing new in this continual rhetoric. The only difference between this speech and hundreds of others, is that he is addressing women.

  • busani.mabunda - 2012-08-09 19:23

    Z U M A .. S A Y S ... W H A T ? ? ? ? hahahahahahahahahah HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA hehehehahahaha kwahagagagagagagagag!!!!!!! hahahahahahah

  • Klaus - 2012-08-09 19:29

    Read my lips !

  • ntloko.yamazizi - 2012-08-09 19:38

    The man is trying by all means to get ANCWL on his side that's why its taking him so much time to fire Minister Angie Motshekga.\r\n.it not about the county its about him.2nd term

      tw2066 - 2012-08-10 08:29

      This guy is trying to a woman to shag ALWAYS

  • ama.ntuli.33 - 2012-08-09 19:43

    We need stronger leadership. Maybe if all South Africans voted we would find a better leader. see this voting poll www.faceof.it

  • Andre - 2012-08-09 20:07

    Don't promise to fix things, mr president, just fix them. That's the only way!

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-08-09 20:09

    Blah Blah blah. Talk is cheap. Stop stating the obvious and come up with some concrete plans. Start by holding all the incompetent ministers accountable for their lack of service.

  • pierre.conradie.7 - 2012-08-09 20:35

    He can not even fix a shower !!!

  • mphozana.manfred - 2012-08-09 20:41

    Hey semenya is @ it again

  • TheVern69 - 2012-08-09 20:42

    He's talking about girls...sounds like typical rapist pres to me. Shower time ey!

  • Dakalo Tshisikule - 2012-08-09 20:47

    i mean really mr president ????

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-08-09 21:04

    When you were kicking out Malema you forgot to kick out all of his tenders in Limpopo, what kind of a stupid-fool when he was sent to drop books at school and he decided to drop them in water unless its a sabotage from malema's squad

  • bless.boswell - 2012-08-09 21:16

    A man charged with rape addresses the women about rape - if he had one gram of self respect he would have stated far away! Time for Mr Zuma to move on.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-09 21:34

    Blah blah blah.... Next?

  • linley.smith1 - 2012-08-10 00:40

    I am deeply shocked after reading the comments of the people after all jacob zuma is our president and no one is perfect on earth to say such unproven statements that he raped a women yet he was found not guilty! what happened to south africa that is alive with possibility not criticism

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-10 01:20

      Duh...

  • linley.smith1 - 2012-08-10 00:46

    I am deeply shocked after reading the comments of the people after all jacob zuma is our president and no one is perfect on earth to say such unproven statements that he raped a women yet he was found not guilty! what happened to south africa that is alive with possibility not criticism

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-10 01:24

      Alive with WHAT? Under YOUR president Zuma's leadership, the only things possible in South Africa is mismanagement, crime, corruption, poor health care and education, nepotism, Zumaville... I'm sure you know what the other possibilities are.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-10 06:37

      You right Linley . Let's rather thank Zuma for septic hospitals , collapsing education system , thieving municipal mayors , crime, murder , rape spiraling out of control, arrogant useless police force. Thanks Zuma. You a great leader.

      linley.smith1 - 2012-08-10 10:40

      I do understand the current problems in south africa but we cannot blame the president for all that is happeneing as he is not the reason people go rape kill or commit crime instead of asking what can your president or your country can do for you but what you can do for your country or just do what what every1 does talk talk and talk

      Johan De Beer - 2012-08-11 15:34

      Deeply shocked? Wahahaha!

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-08-10 01:59

    another lie!

  • Michael - 2012-08-10 06:57

    People must remember that Zuma was not found guilty of rape, and the case was precided by a white judge, DA supportets dont know what democracy is, in democracy we respect outcome by courts of law. If a person is found guilty, label them rapist, and if they are innocent dont call them names, that is how democracy work.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-10 07:45

      He is a rapist, why did that women dissapear. Never to be heard of again. Because the justice system failed her. Zuma is a married man. What was he doing fornicating a HIV positive women . And you want to call him Mr President. He is a digusting sexual predator, ask Irvin Khoza.

      Michael - 2012-08-10 08:29

      It was proven beyond reasonable doubt in that case that two had concensual intercourse, the lady disspeared because she lied and contradicte herself many times, i dont think we all know what every politician do in their private space, ofcourse one can not condoned rectless behaviour, but on the other hand we cant call people names without justfiable reasons, in the case of Ivin Khoza issue, again is the issue of two adults who decided to fall in love, and remember that poligamy is legal in south africa.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-08-10 10:21

      I think you confusing love with insatiable lust. I am sure he received the justice , that schabir his trusty financial advisor recieved. Which proves Zuma has some influence on the judiciary. Why where the corruption charges dropped. The ANC is still refusing to make the reasons Public. I will never understand why the ANC elected a illiterate idiot to rule the party in the first place.

  • Zahir - 2012-08-10 07:12

    To celebrate womens day zuma will marry another wife paid for by taxpayers

  • patat.juju - 2012-08-10 07:27

    political will of officials is very important , if other officials might be untouchable, it become a serious problem for the state to deliver on its mandate.head must rolls mr zuma.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-08-10 08:09

    Shame, poor zuma. He is so stupid thinking educated people will believe his lies and dumb promises. Oh, I forgot he only passed grade 4, that explains it all!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-10 08:30

    The guy is good at forcing the opposite gender onto his genitals