Service delivery in SA exceptional - Zuma

2012-09-10 13:20

Johannesburg - South Africa has achieved far more in 18 years in service delivery than any other country, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"No country could have produced the delivery we have made in 18 years," he told the SA Local Government Association (Salga) national conference in Midrand.

He said government successes in service delivery were lost in the "hurley-burley" of competitive politics.

Non-delivery of services often had to do with problems inherited from apartheid, he said.

"There is a common tendency to look at government at all levels as if those who are governing have brought the problem, instead of deep seated challenges [from] the past."

Government was working very hard to address these problems, Zuma said.

Government was shy to boast about its successes and this then created a space for those criticising government to sound like they were telling the truth.

"All I am calling for is balanced reporting about the progress we have made in this country."

Conference delegates welcomed Zuma in song with a smattering of people holding up two fingers - a sign favouring Zuma to serve a second term as African National Congress president.

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  • anje.duplessis.9 - 2012-09-10 13:24

    Just an example, but Dubai didn't even exist 18 years ago, look at what they have created - another bunch of rubbish from our President. It's this kind of attitude that gets us nowhere. From 1994 till now, 18 years... all thats happened is our education is worse(children are not even getting textbooks which were provisioned for 18 years after the ANC took over), our currency is down the drain and our safety in this country is shocking. Well done to the ANC, give yourselves a good pat on the back for accomplishing next to nothing.

      andre.marx - 2012-09-10 13:37

      He is right....... Goverment did the following; Changed plenty of street names, Changed many town names, Started Zumaville, Shot miners, Lost billions to coruption, Issued millions of grants, Lined their own pockets, Stayed in plenty Internasional hotels, Took many plane rides, Delivered many school books, It is hard work to be the goverment. Shame...

      gary.williams.7186896 - 2012-09-10 13:48

      We all know that Zuma is no President, he just reads whats put in front of him... It seems that whoever wrote this speech had a very very rough night last night or smoked some hectic Tik.... You have delivered Nothing Zuma you crap useless leader of a Corrupt thieving party, the only thing you and your ANC buddies know is how to dip your hands in the Tax payers pockets ANC = Epic fail!

      travis.vermaak - 2012-09-10 13:56

      Zuma - Pissing on South Africans and calling it rain!

      thozi - 2012-09-10 14:23

      ... and another thing, we've produced more fish than Swaziland in the last 18yrs...

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-10 14:52

      I hope, for his sake, he had just downed a bottle of Johnny Walker, surely he could not spew this rubbish and still be sober, we are sliding backwards at a rate of knots and he comes out with this absolute crap.

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-10 15:45

      Interesting to see even the leading group of ANC bigwigs not happy with Mr Shawa-hed. If you believe this crud, you'll believe ANYTHING.

      JockBlack - 2012-09-10 19:23

      anje.duplessis.9 Excellent point, these lazy, incompetent criminals can also take a few lessons from the Chinese, Japanese and Europeans when it comes to hard work, discipline, savvy and forward-thinking. Crime statistics point to 80% (*), 70% (*) non-tax paying support the ANC, 80% (*) of the total population of which only 30% (*) is an asset to SA, the rest thrive in crime, anarchy and/or are charity cases.... We've been blaming the ANC for 18 years, we should be blaming these criminal parasites whos got nothing to offer SA and they keep voting the ANC into power.... the students trying to rule and teach the teacher.

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-09-11 19:29

      The best thing for the anc is zuma and his minime mal emma. The best thing for South Africa is a Boer Peoples Republic. Think of it... its such a needed thing now . Volkstaat !

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-12 01:32

      this guy is insane - I am actually GLAD that they decided not to pursue nuclear activites - can you imagine this imbecile ruling over THAT one?

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-12 02:10

      @boeretroos.redakteur - I always said there is or SHOULD have been a deal whereby a certain amount of the old SA land be retained as an independent state! That was not done! Today the world has changed and we are too much global to allow a state based on race! One cannot succeed as we are dependant on the global markets, and they dictate things like no racism is allowed! Thus I suggest (as it stands today) that a state is created where working people are allowed, and thus that want unions and demand should remain in sa! YEAH it IS hard to come up with the workings around that, but I am sure one can sit and create a way around these things! Look at the Cape Town areas - very well managed! Unfortunately it IS falling under the entire sa - would it not be nice if it could gain independence?

  • simon.pearce.790 - 2012-09-10 13:24

    JZ.... you should stay away from mindbending drugs!!

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-09-10 14:07

      Denial is a river in Egypt

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-09-10 14:53

      @ Narike...Denial..Thats old now man......And for the rest of you..PLEASE SHOW OUR PRESIDENT SOME RESPECT...People in other countries get hung or stoned to death if they dis-respect their leader.The ANC had so much catch up to do after apartheid...Remember Rome wasn't built in a day people!!!!!!

      pierre.walt - 2012-09-10 15:12

      @Clifford.Sithole. Respect must be earned and this guy deserve none or do you have a government job supporting what is going on?

      jacques.vermaak.50 - 2012-09-10 15:39

      @clifford.sithole.5 ha ha ha wait for it.......................... ha ha ha. Respect ha ha. wait ha ha

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-10 15:53

      @Clifford ~ What's your day job? A comedian? WHAT IS THERE TO RESPECT?????? By the way, do you know what century we are living in?

      rontheogre - 2012-09-10 16:35

      Clifford, Rome wasn't built in one day, but the new capital of Brazil, Brasilia, was conceived and built in 41 months, private and public multi-story buildings, roads, services, everything complete covering 13 000 ha or 130 square kilometres. And that was in 1961 in the middle of nowhere 360km from the nearest existing road or infrastructure with no fraud or corruption or ego trips to sidetrack them.

      leon.m.delport - 2012-09-11 08:48

      Clifford, it seems you have the same problem as f&**((brain,....LOL.

      ann.mathews.712 - 2012-09-11 09:28

      @clifford Respect is earned not demanded.

      trouzerjazz - 2012-09-11 11:50

      @ Clifford Rome wasnt built in a day?... Warsaw, Berlin, London were all destroyed in World War 2, Poland was reduced to rubble by the Russians AND the Germans, then strangled by the communists for over 30 years, Id say conditions in poland in the 60's 70's & 80's were just as bad as South Africa, its one of Europe's fastest rising 1ST WORLD!!! economies today. South Africa wasnt the only country to be colonised in the past Clifford, Look at India, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Singapore, Malaysia, they arent whining and moaning and making excuses, they're just getting on with it. Have you ever seen Singapore Clifford? It will blow you f**king mind, South Africa can do the same if you just kick these idiots out of government and make them accountable for their actions, they should be tried for treason if you ask me. Stop making excuses for them and face the truth, they have failed to run this country properly. Clifford, the rest of the world doesnt care about you, and why should it? They owe you nothing! Its up to you to take this country to the next level, stop begging and pleading and making excuses, they arent going to wait for you anymore. Wake UP!

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-12 01:33

      clifford.sithole.5 must be zuma in disguise

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-09-10 13:24

    SAY WHAT???

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-10 13:55

      Calm down I'm sure he was just joking,net a graap :)

      dimitripappas - 2012-09-10 14:06

      @Lorain.Maseko, the president's role is not one which should be taken lightly, let alone as a joke. Unless you're happy about your country being named and run like a Banana Republic (3rd world, at that)? On that note, if you just happen to be SCRATCHING YOUR HEAD right now WONDERING why it is that OUR PRESIDENT receives so little respect from the public, unlike your average president abroad, I reckon that's entirely DUE to the JOKE that he has single-handedly (ok fine, with the help of that useless government beneath him) made himself out to be. Why should anyone respect a president that has stolen another 22 man's wives? Or that believes that his which-doctor rituals have proven that Christianity is the problem in this country? Shame, what a joke indeed. I have no desire and see no honour in calling that dirty corrupt shower-head my president, thank you. If he wants to be in a position of leadership, he's got to set the right example. That means acting civilized, not acting like a tribal king wearing animal hides, raising a spear as he dances above all his cows. Two separate roles that can't be conflated in this modern era, I'm afraid

  • pierre.walt - 2012-09-10 13:25

    Just proof again that he does not know what is going on...

      pierre.walt - 2012-09-10 13:41 is that Verwoerd guy responsible.

  • jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-09-10 13:25

    Why are there April Fool's jokes in September?

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-10 13:57

      A fool can make jokes every day, and still there would be other fools believing him. The fool does not have to wait for April fools day.

      Heibrin - 2012-09-10 15:31

      @gerrit: and there our problem lies: our fool is making SA the fool of the world, and boy are they laughing.

  • joahan.smal - 2012-09-10 13:25

    ...And when you woke up your coffee was cold.

  • espanyol.mpumi - 2012-09-10 13:25

    So who are you fooling this time?

  • chris.barton.1690 - 2012-09-10 13:27


  • rlong1952 - 2012-09-10 13:27

    This man is truly an idiot. Words fail me.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 11:30

      Idiot is a complimentary term. Stupidity beyond belief is more like it. "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." attributed to Abraham Lincoln

      heiku.staude - 2012-09-11 11:54

      ^ That's Bob Marley :)

      heiku.staude - 2012-09-11 11:56

      Oh and that quote only applies if you are dealing with an electorate consisting of less than 50% fools. Unfortunately that is not the case here,.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-12 06:11

      @heiku.staude: The quote applies to the world and then there are the blind leading the blind and hold on a second! there seems to be more of the gullible sheep following the stupid wolf than them following one intelligent person who knows the way.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-09-10 13:28

    Just shows how out of touch he is and once again blaming it on apartheid. Service delivery stinks and that is because the ANC government only enriches the select few. We have one of the worst education systems in the world! Hospitals are filthy and rundown. People live in hovels and the roads run with sewerage. Try to bluff somebody else, Mr Prez.

      doug.norris.581 - 2012-09-12 05:53

      I was in Pakistan in 1998 during the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of their independence from Britain. They were still blaming the Brits for their problems brought upon themselves by corruption and in-fighting. In the meantime they let the electricity grid in Karachi collapse and added not a single metre to the Indus River irrigation scheme. They built a six lane highway between Lahore and Islamabad which was hardly used due to high tolls and corrupt police milking the public on the route. So the "blame it on Apartheid" excuse may be around for some time.

  • drishworth - 2012-09-10 13:28

    What is President Zuma smoking? ........... service delivery is a dismal failure. Of course, where he admits there have been failings he pulled the usual stunt and blamed it on problems inherited from the apartheid era..... YAWN! This is a stale excuse and no-one actually believes it except those who can't admit that the current administration is just down right incompetent. There can be no moving forward as long as such stupid and shortsighted views prevail.

  • sthembiso.msindo - 2012-09-10 13:29

    Maybe in Nkandla

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-10 13:30

    Wahaha what ever , pitty there are some stupid enough to ebelieve you

  • - 2012-09-10 13:30

    Oh, my goodness, we have no chance. No-one with half a brain can be happy with what is happening. Blaming apartheid again! The government is SHY TO BOAST????? Our poor grandchildren!!!!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 11:32

      At this rate there won't be any grandchildren. They will all be killed off with cholera, typhoid, flu, HIV, Ebola, Hanta, plague, TB, diptheria, smallpox (there are still some vials at SAIMR) etc.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-10 13:30

    News reports said only this morning, SA's educational system was ranked number 141 or so, out of 144 countries. Even Zimbabwe, which is in shambles, beat us on the quality of education. Oh JZ, you have embarrassed SA and black people in particular more than enough. Why don't you just overdose on the blue pill, slip in a coma and never ever rise up again!

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-09-10 13:52

      Not even stilnox can get him out of his current coma ...

  • smallies - 2012-09-10 13:30

    eish die blue label hy skop lelik:......mamparra

  • riaan.croucamp.3 - 2012-09-10 13:31

    Mr. Zuma, you are so far removed from reality, its frightening. You will get your reality check later this year. Thanks for playing. goodbye.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-09-10 13:34

      The problem is that he will be replaced by another criminal, far worse than him

  • Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-09-10 13:31


  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-10 13:31

    ZUMA what are you smoking??? You cant blame the apartheid for your F*&^ UPS dude. Its since you & your cronies came into power that service delivery went to the dogs........

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-09-10 13:32

    Oh my, how deluded can one be. Deep seated problems caused by apartheid does not effect current delivery of text books to Limpopo. You must be a special kind of retard. Your excuses are old, just like you now GTFO!

  • Jim - 2012-09-10 13:32

    Inherited from apartheid. You sure have a bum wart for a brain which seems to be the acceptable criteria for a SA president.

      long.tom.509 - 2012-09-10 16:26

      you giving bum wart's a bad name !

      jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-09-11 17:28

      Never underestimate the stopping power af a bum wart.

  • impi.tokoloshe - 2012-09-10 13:32

    Shame, keep telling yourself that. Your country is not happy. And you DO know the reason, but refuse to admit it to yourself. Proof?

      norman.depluhm - 2012-09-10 15:07

      Even worse, he's contradicting things he conceded in the media plenty times, of his own accord and through various ANC members, that service delivery is indeed lacking and is there biggest challenge. The worst part is that they brazenly say whatever is necessary for the intended audience, whether it is cohesive or not, reasonable or not, or even contradictory to what they've just said...

  • kobus.erasmus - 2012-09-10 13:32

    Yup JZ, your words have just confirmed it - your are brain dead !

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:10

      That would suppose that he has a brain above the one in his dicknity.

  • eva.walle.75 - 2012-09-10 13:32

    and you Mr President are exceptionally delusional...

  • PaasHaas - 2012-09-10 13:32

    If service delivery includes education, how come we are rated as one of the worst 5 in the world, and the other four countries have experienced civil war in the last 5 years. Whats our excuse?

      Erna - 2012-09-10 13:40


      hydronamix.airtowater - 2012-09-10 14:04

      And on top of that.. Eskom use to be the 5th best power supply company in the world.... Enough said

  • christo.boshoff1 - 2012-09-10 13:33


      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:15

      The biggest problem with the system democracy is that it allows two idiots to outvote a genius. AND the number of idiots who voted in this idiot astounds me. I wonder if we can get Arthur Simeon, Trevor Noah, Allan Committee, David Kibuuka, Evita Bezuidenhoudt or Leon Schuster to stand for president in the next elections. At least they see the world for what it really is.

  • zelda.gerber.9 - 2012-09-10 13:34

    Does he live in South-Africa?

      Essy1945 - 2012-09-10 13:57

      No just his compound - where running water, multi-million home for the 100's of wives are being built and he has everything - working exceptionally well - ne!

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-10 16:38

      At Zumaville

  • NERD - 2012-09-10 13:34

    Is there a tea brand Zuma is drinking that we don't know about? It must cause hallucinations or something

      Erna - 2012-09-10 13:41

      Its the 'cocaine' tea selling in Limpopo.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:17

      Maybe someone has added a dash of happy mushrooms to his supper. But then dagga tea gives you some really good delusions. Maybe we can spike his stash so that he will want to fly - preferably off the Carlton Centre or Hillbrow tower.

  • waldo.moulder - 2012-09-10 13:34

    You have to be kidding?! Is this a joke? Tell that to the kids who didnt have text books to get through school. Tell that to the masses who protest on a daily basis due to abysmal service delivery. And not even sliglty surprised that the scape goat of apartheid is still being used. What about the corruption in your governmnet Mr Zuma?! Are those nice cars you and your 50 wives are driving and living in multi million Rand houses whilst the very people you are meant to serve, the people who put you in power is suffering still, after 18 years, what have the ANC changed in their lives!! Stop this micky mouse propaganda and face the fact that South Africa under ANC rule is FAILING! Cant believe your blatant arrogance!

  • Kevin - 2012-09-10 13:34

    what crap!

  • phele.pelezinoh - 2012-09-10 13:34

    He has achieved a lot by building New York @ Nkandla,that's what his good at and his must stop blaming the apartheid and take responsibility for once.Damn

      hydronamix.airtowater - 2012-09-10 13:58

      Do you really think he can bully any one not withstanding the yanks .. Sorry he can. Ask Julius

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-09-10 13:34

    What he is saying is \stop being such ungrateful bastards... You are wanting more than i am willing to give, this is my money!\

  • Alan - 2012-09-10 13:35


  • shaun.theron.902 - 2012-09-10 13:35

    Here we go again! Anc non delivery blames Apartheid!

  • Erna - 2012-09-10 13:35

    Its the 1st of April without me even realising it!!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:18

      In South Africa every day is April Fools Day without the April

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-10 13:36

    Pull the other's got bells on it!!!!!

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-10 13:37

    Exceptionally good or exceptionally poor? DUH!

  • Erna - 2012-09-10 13:37

    Government was shy to boast about its successes!! Angie gave herself 8/10!

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-09-10 20:15

      thats an absolute classic not to be forgotten

  • corne.dunn - 2012-09-10 13:37

    I had to double check the date. Is it April 1st yet??

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:18

      Every day is Fool's Day in South Africa.

  • eugene.muller.7 - 2012-09-10 13:37

    and why is there so many service delivery protest...or did you see the photos in the news and think people are celebrating your next wedding?

  • tlou.mafifi - 2012-09-10 13:38

    This man has been smoking "Nyaope"

  • zeepolar - 2012-09-10 13:38

    drugs are bad, mr president...drugs are bad...mkay??? *my mackey's voice*

  • pienaar.jordaan - 2012-09-10 13:38

    Is this guy for real??!!! Whatever he smoke, I want some

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:19

      That can be arranged. Ask anyone in Hillbrow.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-10 13:39

    In 2001 there were 1 066 shanty towns nationally. That number has since risen to 2628 informal settlements "as at the 2009-10 financial year". "This figure does not take into account any new or illegal informal settlements that emerged from the time the study was initiated and concluded. This figure is estimated to be nearer to 2700," said Chris Vick, who speaks for the national Department of Human Settlement. Only about "721 informal settlements have been identified nationally for formalisation and upgrading with basic services by the various provinces and local municipalities", he said.

      RyanG - 2012-09-10 14:03

      You are right Tshililo, it was harder to get into the British Embassy than to cross back over the SA/Swazi border.

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-09-10 13:40

    what a jock from the cANCer BEEtrot

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:21

      We mustn't forget the AAsshhoollees

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-09-10 13:40

    what country? Zim?

  • david.reddy.18 - 2012-09-10 13:41

    Me thinks the problem is, constant use of viagra reduces blood flow to the brain while it increases the flow elsewhere.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-09-11 06:21

      He only has enough blood in his body to supply one brain at a time and gravity wins every time.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-10 13:42

    i dont believe the two fingers were for a second term, how about to f off

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-09-10 13:42

    Shut up moron, you know not what you say ... do you think we are stupid to believe everything you spit at us

  • dimitripappas - 2012-09-10 13:42

    It's one thing being optimistic. But to outright lie like this can only mean one thing: turning a blind eye. The simple fact is that our national infrastructure and service delivery is in shambles. We're still living off apartheid-era infrastructure (as much as I hate to say it). We can't go a single day of rain without our traffic lights all being out of order the next day. Sorry, 4-th world african dark continent uselessness. Exceptional, yes... exceptionally useless.