Zuma’s speech: Things you should know

2015-02-13 08:00

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Now that the drama of last night’s state of the nation address in Parliament is over, we can focus on the actual speech. Here are the things you should know:

» President Jacob Zuma declared 2015 the year of the Freedom Charter. It is the 60th anniversary of its adoption.

» Children will also be learning the African Union anthem in schools, with the National Anthem.

» South Africa is unlikely to achieve 5% economic growth by 2019 but unemployment is down and jobs grew by 203 000.

» 270 000 young people got jobs through the Employment Tax Incentive.

» The government created 850 000 job opportunities, and is on track to reach the one million target.

» There is a nine-point plan to ignite growth and create jobs.

» Three out of 22 pages in the speech dealt with the electricity crisis. Eskom will get R23 billion in the next fiscal year.

» A 50/50 policy framework proposes rights for people who work on farms and that foreign nationals may not own land in South Africa.

» Agri-Parks will help transform rural economies, with R2 billion set aside for this.

» The government will review visa regulations to strike a balance between national security and tourism growth.

» The government will purchase 30% of state procurements from small and medium-sized enterprises.

» 2015 will mark the first phase of broadband roll-out with offices in eight district municipalities being connected under Telkom’s lead.

» The government will train 15 000 artisans or plumbers in fixing water taps in their local communities to prevent water loss.

» Operation Phakisa, which focused on clinics and the oceans economy, is now moving to mines.

» Protests must be within the ambit of the law.

» Smart ID cards will now be available from banks too.

» We must cut Bafana Bafana some slack. At least they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations.

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