2011 - Jacob Zuma's wrap

2011-12-18 22:30

Johannesburg - South Africa had met the challenges of 2011 with "fortitude and innovation", President Jacob Zuma said in his end of the year speech on Sunday.

Dubbed by government as "The Year of Job Creation" Zuma said that the expanded public works programme saw provision of opportunities and income for a total of 280 000 people and more that 80 000 job opportunities for the populace under the community work programme.

Zuma said that in improving the performance of the state, he would in conjunction with the department of performance monitoring and evaluation, "continue with the hands-on visits" to monitor provinces.

"The President cannot rely on written reports only from departments," he said.

Zuma said the office of the presidency and premiers would jointly implement a front-line service delivery monitor.

"In other words the experience of citizens when obtaining services from government."

Another milestone was the finalisation of the draft national development plan, said Zuma.

Zuma said co-operation with provincial administrations had been considerably improved due to his regular meetings with premiers and local government representatives in the president’s co-ordinating council.


He said that these bodies had worked together to "revitalise" education in the Eastern Cape; "improve the administration of health" in Gauteng; and had worked to "drastically improve the running of a number of departments including the provincial treasury" in Limpopo.

Zuma said that while statistics on violent crimes had declined, "the figures tell us not to let our guard down".

The year saw a 5.75% drop in violent crime.

Police arrested 149 659 people for contact crimes, down from 151 187 the previous financial year.

The year saw the issuing of 22 proclamations authorising the special investigating unit to conduct investigations - most of these related to procurement irregularities.

"[It was] a major priority for government to deal with corruption in procurement," said Zuma, citing the establishment of an inquiry into the strategic defence procurement packages - commonly known as the arms deal.


Zuma said the HIV counselling and testing campaign had broken ground in reaching 13 million and eight million people respectively for HIV and TB screening.

He said that social grants - now reaching 15 million individuals - was the "cornerstone of the fight against poverty affecting children and older persons".

Zuma lauded Durban's recent hosting of the COP17 United Nations Climate Change Conference as "a coup for our country and our continent".

On the continental front, Zuma said South Africa would continue to play a role in supporting peace in the two Sudan states, assisting the two countries with "development, institution and capacity building".

A memorandum of understanding had been signed with Mozambique to improve maritime security in Southern African Development Community’s Indian Ocean waters.


Zuma said Libya was a "key challenge" for 2011.

He said South Africa had "principled and consistent" efforts to resolve the situation, despite the "misuse" of the United Nations’ Resolution 1973 which was meant to protect civilians.

Zuma said anything that "challenged us in one way or another, simply redirected us to the drawing board where we often found new ways of doing things that would take our country forward".

  • Michael - 2011-12-18 23:28

    How can a leader of a country be so deluded? Is this a classic case of the Dunning–Kruger effect? Does he live in a cave, and watch my little pony all day, holding hands with Bob, singing Kumbayah, while the country is burning. Only to leave his cave, smile wave, do everything Joseph Goebbels tell him to do, hurriedly makes some calls to make sure his money making "projects" are going well, pretends everything is awesome so he can get back to Bob and their game of African risk and PlayStation.

      Max - 2011-12-19 05:19

      It is time that the Dunning-Kruger effect is published in all the national newspapers so that all South Africans can understand why things are like they are in the country.

      Francois - 2011-12-19 06:50

      Michael, I must admit I never heard of the Dunning - Kruger effect, but in essence my comment would have been: "Jakop, are you sure you talk about South Africa?" I think the first thing that he must do in the next year is to explain to us what a "job" is. Then he must explain why he so concerned about everything in Africa except Zimbabwe. Then thirdly, he must show that he is the president of SA and all its people first and then he is president of the ANC. The latter implies that he must sometimes make decisions that is good for all and not good for him in the ANC. Lastly, I think between him and Trevor, they must act on the total downfall of public education and health, by having all Ministers and high brass of the ANC send their children to state run schools closest to where they were born and they must go to state hospitals, no privat hospital, no army hospitals. Now that will be leadership, won't it?

      jody.beggs - 2011-12-19 08:42

      @Francois and then fire all ministers with a criminal record without pay. Damn the man.

  • Peter - 2011-12-19 02:57

    A spate of empty rhetoric echoing under that shower-headed skull. Not a word of warranty. Or applicable future. We don't know who wrote all the garbage, of course, but it was abysmally delivered by Mr President, who hasn't the skill to see a comma in a sentence - let alone a full stop at the end of it. The full stop is, of course, that our president is inarticulate and plain stupid to boot. I cringe as the world laughs.

  • Max - 2011-12-19 05:14

    Yes Mr. Zuma as long as you remember that everything that was achieved in the country during this year wasn't because of you but inspite of you.

      Peter - 2011-12-19 06:07

      Nothing was achieved this year except more misery for the masses, thank you president zuma and your clowns in the anc

  • braamc - 2011-12-19 06:06

    Forgot to mention the theft, corruption and wasteful spending, the incompetence, the arrogance, the non-performance, the luxurious lifestyles of us your ANC.

  • Wouter - 2011-12-19 06:40

    South Africa had met the challenges of 2011 with "BRIBERY & CORRUPTION, THEFT, MURDER, HIJACKINGS....."

  • Andrew - 2011-12-19 07:16

    Well what do you expect from a President who was hardly ever in his home country. Someone should tell him he does not accumulate voyager miles when using defence force flights. It is obivious this wrap was written by an aide wishing to polish his marble so as to gain favour, maybe Mac?.

  • Paulo - 2011-12-19 07:33

    crime down 6%-wipppdeee doo-so for everyone who got rapped, robbed and or murdered better luck next year. celebrating mediocrity in true ANC style since 1912.

      ivan.leon2 - 2011-12-19 07:47

      When striving for mediocrity - you often exceed your wildest expectations by a substantial margin!! Seems the cANCerians have managed to get this down to a FINE ART in the last 100 years!

      Ian - 2011-12-19 08:50

      I rate mediocrity is a bit too high level for our country's lack of motivation and achievements.

  • Garth - 2011-12-19 08:01

    Where are the anc ignorants? Why are you not coming out in support of your leader, your party, your government? A 10% drop in the reporting of violent crimes because of an abject fear of the corrupt, criminal police, is not a 5.75% drop in violent crime you moron.

      Dane - 2011-12-19 08:15

      They only start "work" at 10 dude, just hold on...

  • Ian - 2011-12-19 08:51

    save our souls... Germany I'm coming asap!!! :(

  • jody.beggs - 2011-12-19 08:52

    Who's going to believe Zoomer's doctored reports. Releases all the crime stats and let everyone see the rot in the cANCer ! Damn the man , save the rainbow nation.

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