Social media helps Zuma connect with SA

2012-02-06 08:23

President Jacob Zuma will use social media to find out what is troubling South Africans ahead of his State of the Nation address on Thursday.

Zuma used Facebook last year to encourage ordinary citizens to speak directly to him and to highlight the needs of communities.

This year his social networking has expanded to include Facebook, Twitter and email, the presidency said in a statement yesterday.

Last year Bongokuhle Miya from Umzimkhulu used Facebook to tell the president about sewerage overflow, floodwaters and stray animals in his town.

According to the presidency, the town’s sewerage system was being upgraded, roads were being realigned to deal with flooding and an animal pound is being built.

Portia Mrwetyana from Bekkersdal in West Rand, Gauteng, wrote on Zuma’s Facebook wall asking for houses for her community.

A government investigation found the informal settlement where she lived was dolomitic which was prone to sinkholes.

“Government has begun a programme of resettling Ms Mrwetyana’s community to the neighbouring municipality of Mohlakeng where land is suitable for building houses and providing basic services,” the presidency said.

This year South Africans can email their problems to or connect through Zuma’s Facebook page, PresidencyZA, or use his Twitter account @SAPresident, or the hashtag #PresidentSona. 

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