Zuma: Together we must move SA forward - As it happened

2016-02-18 13:46

After two days of debate over President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation, he finally responds to his critics. Get all the details here.


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18 Feb 15:33
And with that, the sitting is adjourned. Oh, if you're in Cape Town, you might hit some heavy (more than usual anyway) traffic when heading out of the city as Parliamentary officials make their way home.

18 Feb 15:28
Mbete was about to close the sitting and then an MP spoke up. A DA MP.

18 Feb 15:25

President Jacob Zuma assured South Africans that this time around the National Development Plan (NDP) would be implemented – some four years after it was initially introduced.

“I assure you we are implementing the NDP. And I’m happy that this time around we’re coming together as business, government and labour to agree on the things that will take South Africa forward,” Zuma said in reply to the debate on his State of the Nation address delivered last week.

Zuma emphasised that the implementation of the NDP remains the “cornerstone” of the economy.

“It provides a basis for collective actions to stabilise our economy, raise investment and return South Africa to a path of inclusive economic growth.”

The NDP will be broken up in subsectors, such as water, energy, food security, spatial planning and public transport, each with outcomes in the next five years.

Zuma further acknowledged that a possible ratings downgrade is a very real threat and that government should leave no stone unturned to prevent it from happening.

18 Feb 15:22
Thandi Modise on VIP tasked to protect executive: Security services may be in the precinct. SAPS are also provided for.

18 Feb 15:20
Zuma called on everyone to work together to move SA forward.

18 Feb 15:18
And thus Zuma finishes his speech.

18 Feb 15:17
JZ returns to the matter of the economy: South Africa like many emerging markets faces challenges but we have succeed where others thought we would fail.

18 Feb 15:15
Zuma points out that he's referring to everyone. Not just opposition members.

18 Feb 15:14
We can't call ourselves honourable but behave dishonourably - JZ

18 Feb 15:14
Zuma now chides DA for almost doing the same as EFF. "You must discuss in caucus."

18 Feb 15:13
Zuma: let us disagree with respect. It is a plea I'm making.

18 Feb 15:12
Zuma: If presiding officers do not recognize us, we cannot speak. If you continue to do so, you are undermining honourable members.

18 Feb 15:11
Zuma: Some of us feel bad when we see the manner in which we portray ourselves.

18 Feb 15:10
Zuma: It's important to represent the people who elected us. We are here on their behalf.

18 Feb 15:09
When EFF was disruptive, Maimane made important point that millions wanted to hear what was being said - JZ

18 Feb 15:07
We mus fight poverty, inequality, and unemployment. That is the business of all of us. It is all of us who must deal with it. - JZ

18 Feb 15:06
We should all stand up against racism and be united. - JZ

18 Feb 15:05

MPs applaud JZ for: Let us not emphasise the colour, let us emphasise us being South Africans.

This is in reference to recent matters surrounding race.

18 Feb 15:01
Zille responds via Twitter:

18 Feb 15:00
JZ: Congratulates Joburg on its ratings upgrade.

18 Feb 14:59
The use of the tender portal will be compulsory from 1 April this year -for all departments. All tenders will be advertised - JZ

18 Feb 14:58
National procurement office to be launched soon. There'll be one data base for those who wish to do business with govt.

18 Feb 14:56
Zuma: Total of R498 million has been approved nationally to assist affected farmers with live stock feed and water.

18 Feb 14:53
The fact is, the drought is here and it affects us all - JZ

18 Feb 14:52
The effects of the drought will be felt for a long time - JZ

18 Feb 14:52

Holomisa gives the thumbs-up to Zuma who says we can have the economic Codesa but he doesn't think it'll work.

Now the president moves onto the drought crisis.

18 Feb 14:51
Zuma: Everyone is talking about the economy. What would an economic Codesa change because everyone will go there with own policy.

18 Feb 14:50
JZ to Holomisa: Not sure parties will abandon policies to agree on economic system. When we can't agree here, how will we agree in summit.

18 Feb 14:49
Zuma to UDM leader Bantu Holomisa: "You asked for an economic Codesa. I'm not sure what that will do for us. Then what happens after?"

18 Feb 14:49
JZ announces two new developments in the police one unit dedicated to drugs and the other to violent crime. It will fall under the Hawks.

18 Feb 14:46
463 asset forfeiture cases worth about R2 billion were finalized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit - JZ

18 Feb 14:44
We are strengthening legislative framework to clamp down on crime and corruption - JZ

18 Feb 14:40
We must route out violence in our schools and make them peaceful environments for teaching and learning - JZ

18 Feb 14:38
Govt is serious about education, JZ assures.

18 Feb 14:38
We are also expanding school infrastructure and building new universities - JZ

18 Feb 14:36
R1bn has been made available for all provinces through Maths, Science and Technology grant - JZ

18 Feb 14:34
Girls are doing very well in matric and beating the boys hands-down - JZ

18 Feb 14:33
JZ: We are investing in education. It remains an apex priority.

18 Feb 14:30
Encouraging reliable, affordable broadband, enhancing business incentive programmes, promoting black industrialist assets - JZ

18 Feb 14:30
The EFF, who have skipped this session, have just tweeted: 

18 Feb 14:27
SA's positives attributes far outweigh the challenges. And these challenges are being addressed with dedicated plans - JZ

18 Feb 14:26

18 Feb 14:23
Let us put the country first, JZ urges political parties.

18 Feb 14:21
JZ says he'll meet with top CEOs again in May to take stock of progress and will meet with unions to take the discussion forward.

18 Feb 14:20
We must unite behind the National Development Plan, urges JZ.

18 Feb 14:20
JZ: business established 3 working streams ahead of my meeting with CEOs

18 Feb 14:18
The president says partnerships with business is yielding results.

18 Feb 14:18
Stronger measures to restore a sustainable fiscal path have been endorsed at the highest levels - JZ

18 Feb 14:17
Zuma thanks DA MP David Maynier for suggestions on what can be done to turn around economy.

18 Feb 14:16
It's important when discussing the economy, that we don't confine ourselves to just thinking about South Africa - JZ

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