Pleas, advice for Zuma ahead of speech

2012-02-08 16:45

Johannesburg - Pleas for water and advice on why to study if there are no jobs, and politely written notes of anguish from remote towns around the country, filled the presidency's Facebook page ahead of the state of the nation address on Thursday.

"Msholozi [President Jacob Zuma's clan name] do something about drugz nd improve our education system create more job stop telling us about skills shortage ppl r loosing their jobs were else they got skills ... so do something [sic]," wrote Sphijo Nkosi.

He hoped his appeal would make it onto the president's to-do list for the next year.

Msikeleli Nkosiyabo Tumelo, of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, wrote of the despair of graduates not getting interviews for the most junior of jobs.

They did not have start-up capital to set up their own enterprise as an alternative and were not seeing the benefits of the youth development fund or rural employment plans.

Aids fund

He suggested that government pay more attention to non-governmental organisations and co-operatives in rural communities as a way of creating jobs, and allocate a percentage of the value of tenders granted in communities to co-operatives there.

Siphelele Duma suggested forming an HIV/Aids fund through a R5 a month salary deduction for individuals and R100 a month for companies to make the country less dependent on donors and to avoid deaths.

There were requests that volunteers carrying out home-based care be given something, that in the light of a teachers' strike in the Eastern Cape education be de-unionised, and that beer advertisements be removed from television so children could not see them.

A social worker asked that something be done about their low occupation-specific dispensation; another asked that blacklisted youths have their financial records cleared.

Small town opportunities

There was also a plea for electricity connections and for a faster turnaround time for work permits for foreigners.

Musa Marawu wanted a focus on stock theft.

"As a rural man, you should know how much it hurts for ordinary man, whose bank is their kraal [animal enclosure] to wake up with an empty kraal," he wrote.

One man asked that job opportunities be brought closer to small towns and villages so that families were not torn apart when people left to go to the cities for work.

Drienie de Villiers wanted to know what Zuma was doing to prevent the "genocide" of white people and the country's food security as farmers were killed.

Some said reducing Chinese imports would create more jobs and prevent a Chinese "colony". Others wanted to see the building of special pullover points for taxis.

One woman wrote that she no longer wanted to drink from the "same water as cows" and begged for taps.

The speech is due to start at 19:00 on Thursday.

  • Kim - 2012-02-08 16:58

    If the SA government put proper infrastructure into place, SA would not have the need to import from China etc. Result: more jobs created for the unemployed and better standard of living for all. Does not take a rocket scientist to work that out.

      Thandiwe - 2012-02-08 17:19

      The ANCYL of yesterday is in decline - Malema is gone! Hurray he is gone! His policies would have bankrupted the government had they been followed legally (buying land and mine assets until government owns majority stake), and if they had been implemented illegally (grabs), SA's diplomacy and allies would have cut us off, and we would have been kicked out of the World Trade Organization. I have it on decent authority that tomorrow the president is going to announce economic policy that is a step closer to capitalism than the ANC has ever gone. The reasons for this policy change are as follows: 1) Zuma wants to create a more clear-cut gap economic-policy-wise between himself and the dying Malema movement (Nationalization or Malemalization as I like to call it, as he would have been the main one to benefit - the greedy pig!) 2) South Africa does have much greater economic potential despite reasonable efforts during the global recession. 3) South Africa REALLY needs to create jobs and not talk about them - cutting unemplyment from 23.9% to 22.9% over the coming year would also ensure Zuma stays at the helm of the ANC. Zuma has some very clever advisers (you may of may not believe it but it is true) - they are coming up with a plan alongside Pravin to adjust the economic rhetoric and adjust policy for the better (even if it is only slightly better)!

      David - 2012-02-08 17:37

      @Kim - agreed if that means creating an environment which promotes local manufacturing on the one hand and less rigid minimum-wage regulation on the other. @Thandiwe, my problem with your statement is Zuma, et all are still talking policy so many years after 1994 - it is time to step up and deliver if he ever can, stop talking...

      Thandiwe - 2012-02-08 17:46

      @David - I agree the ANC have run out of a bit of steam and if this were not such a new democracy, they would have been voted out by now. The fact of the matter is we are stuck with them till 2014 and then probably for at least one more parliamentary term. I stopped voting for them last May as I think we need a stronger opposition. I want to see P.E., Gauteng and the Northern Cape to fall to the DA. I have "lent" the DA my vote as I really think we need more guys to keep the government in check... It is common sense really - the smaller the government majority, the harder they will have to work at policy making, delivery and implementation.

      StarStruck - 2012-02-08 18:01

      @ Thandiwe. I agree a stronger opposition especially control over certain provinces by different parties should make for a very interesting South Africa. I get all happy just thinking about it.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-08 17:13

    I'm not expecting much more than the usual boring stuff we hear year after year. Written by someone else and dryly read out in stops and starts in a monotonous tone. Lots of promises and unrealistic schemes that will barely be delivered upon if at all. Yawn.

      Phill - 2012-02-09 12:10

      Nicholas, you're right. The man reads like he has never been to school. I heard he does not have formal education. Well, I'm so fed up with his monotonously dragged reading that each time he talks I literally switch off my radio or TV. I'e never listened to his State of The Nation Address and I never will. I wait till he has finished and then download it from internet. After all he did not write a word in it. Boring, boring, boring ... and we're stuck with him for the next two years. If he gets a second term (which I'w sure he'll be recalled after a few months, then I'll go to Zimbabwe. At least rober Mugabe reads better and makes realistic promises.

  • Helmut - 2012-02-08 17:16

    He should for once try to stick to facts and leave fiction out of his speech. LESS EMPTY PROMISES AND MORE POSITIVE ACTION!

  • Sharon - 2012-02-08 17:20

    As part of his speech, JZ has to reflect on the past year, I wonder what he is going to say? He could mention security - no rather not, what about education? Um no. Okay, job creation then? Or the fight against corruption? No no, can't mention those either... Better stick to making oodles of worthless promises for the coming year then. Much safer ground, I think.

  • ISO - 2012-02-08 17:25

    Anyone can paint a pretty picture! Put capable people in the government and then you will see a pretty picture developing!

  • braamc - 2012-02-08 17:27

    All got to do with competency and accountability - is a hard road but the only, and very little of that within ANC government, provincial governments and municipalities in particular.

  • Peter - 2012-02-08 17:28

    The only jobs created is picking up litter. I go into one of the larger soopermarkets and every thing is made in China from kitchen goods to clothing shoes. WHY???

      mary.kircher - 2012-02-08 17:42

      Peter it is because the goods we manufacture here are so much more expensive - we can import them cheaper. Blame the unions for striking all the time for more money for unskilled workers - they end up with no job at all eventually.

      StarStruck - 2012-02-08 18:09

      Well this move by the unions and of course our incredibly tight labour laws have to be reviewed. We could have taken advantage of international companies doing the hard work for us like in India. Creating jobs by just changing a few laws. Our government could learn a few things from India. China's boom is largely because of their massive manufacturing industry. We on the other hand relied on African solutions to western problems.

  • Agedah Alex - 2012-02-08 17:38

    It takes someone with the wisdom itself than someone relying on advisers,think ANC before you pick a president

  • Pixie86 - 2012-02-08 17:39

    as long as competent people are sidelined for political deployees this country is going no where

  • Aking - 2012-02-08 17:48

    Does anybody still listen to, and believe in the promises made during a state of the nation address?

  • Mboneni - 2012-02-08 18:11

    I do not expect much as Jacob Zuma has made all the promises about jobs health,education,security, fighting corruption,creating disfunctional presidential hotline etc after all 2011 was a year of jobs according to our president and where are those jobs.It wil be the same poorly written and poorly read speech,cant expect much from an illiterate president

  • Gail - 2012-02-08 18:17

    Why doesn't government start a suggestion box in categories where interested people could put forward ideas that might be of help. There are still South Africans left here who would like to make a positive conribution, although that list grows shorter by the day.

  • Gail - 2012-02-08 18:19

    Here's a plan for unemployment - bring back army conscription for young men especially and they would have a lot less time on their hands to get up to mischief at home.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-02-08 18:53

      I would not want to see any military conscription taking place in South Africa again, ever. I would however think that a form of conscription could take place but that this does not need to be of a military nature but rather of a civil nature. Where recruits can be trained for hospital duties, fire fighters, life savers, law enforcers(not police) and so on. This will provide a better grounding than military training which is at time counter productive to youth development. Civil Duty Conscription could however still be run on military disciplinary rules and structure.

  • Samantha Stevens - 2012-02-08 18:24

    With the high level of murders, rapes and hijackings I'm surprised many people didnt ask for the death penalty to be brought back-

  • Elkieta - 2012-02-08 20:05

    Zuma can't answer any pleas because he is too dumb to read and give advice.What you can do is not to vote for the corrupt ANC.

  • Phill - 2012-02-09 12:02

    Does it matter what the man says? As Robert mugabe once said, Zuma is only good at making promises that he cannot even fulfill. And as Lindiwe Mazibuku remarked, we are not ALL fools. Well, those that control him will be patting his back for saying nothing knowing that their posts are safe.

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