Zuma: Capetonians have their say

2012-02-09 13:12

Cape Town - News24 took to the streets of the Mother City to find out what Capetonians expected from President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address due to be delivered on Thursday evening. Here’s what they had to say:

Garioenise Spannenberg (33), Flower seller
We would like [Jacob Zuma] to tackle lots of thing. We don’t even know where to begin. People are out of jobs. We want black, white and coloured people to be equalised for jobs. We also want improved conditions for small enterprise owners.

Zoliwe Mayekiso (42), sells Big Issue
I want him to look at jobs and housing.

Dean Bierstêker (36), business owner
I don’t really expect anything tonight. My world is carrying on as normal. As far as I’m concerned we don’t even have a government.

Ralph Klein (61), unemployed
I want him to talk about Jesus. If our government can serve Jesus, we will have a better country and all the problems will get solved.

David Martin (28), graphic designer
I want to hear about the issue of corruption. How are they going to tackle it?

Ethel Prinsloo (67), retired parliament employee
I would really love to hear about drugs and how he is tackling the issue of drug lords coming into cities.
I would also want him to focus on pensioners who are poor and how they can be looked after.

Patricia Sopitshi (41), works at a college
I want him to tackle the problem with housing and look at welfare issues.

Fadwah Sasman (37), flower seller
The cost of living is going up and government expenses are going up. They [the government] are using the money for luxuries. Money [spent on government housing] should be spent otherwise.

  • Victor - 2012-02-09 13:21

    I would like them to step down and give the job to someone who knows what they are doing.

      MSGRule - 2012-02-09 13:41

      @Victor agreed. the whole bunch can step down together and we can start again. 17 years later but hey. they can all move together to go work with Goodluck in Nigeria, they will all fit in so nicely there.

  • Leo - 2012-02-09 13:45

    SA is on auto pilot...Zuma is just there 4 the sake of being there.

  • Peter - 2012-02-09 14:09

    I would like him and his cronies to vanish and repay all that has been stolen from SA so that more competent people can actually produce results

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-02-09 14:13

    Sorry Ralph, jesus won't help a thing... you need to help yourself by voting for the party that has your interests at heart, not their own pockets.

  • netshidzati - 2012-02-09 14:27

    I do not want him to make any promises rather tell the nation how he will fulfil the ones he has made already

  • GeeWizz - 2012-02-09 14:58

    In order for government to achieve its promised quota of creating jobs in the next 5 years. May I propose that government needs to start supporting small businesses to grow. They have the power with the awarding of tenders. They should award all government tenders to local SMME's in order for them to grow and employ more staff to handle growth. If they continue to give these tenders to Multinationals and Corporates, all I can state is these companies already have the resources to handle more volume whereby SMME's would start employing new people to manage work load. I come from a corporate environment and can state that we received several new tenders to be serviced at a value of R 3.2 billion ovr a 2 year period and it was business as normal. No new jobs was created by the company but just more pressure was put onto the current workforce. This has lead to many staff becoming overworked and underpaid for the more reponsibilities being put onto them. When government faces any hurdles in there environment they immediately appoint a commission to investigate which is a team of people. This is the same as government awarding themselves a tender to service. The task team forms part of the tender which sometime last a year or two. The same principles should apply to awarding these tenders to the small businesses to help them grow and CREATE NEW JOBS. YOU LIKE, OR DO YOU PREFER GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE AWARDING TENDER TO MPS AND THEIR FAMILIES OR EVEN CORRUPT COMPANIES.

  • francoisvanpeer - 2012-02-09 15:01

    Dean Bierstêker pretty much sums it up.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 15:16

    I would like him to tell the Nation that he is stepping down, together with the rest of the Ali Baba gang!!!!

  • schwindsc - 2012-02-09 17:33

    Look after the people of this country. Give them jobs, education and housing for a start. Tackle the "fat cats" stealing public monies.

  • jonnics - 2012-10-02 12:32

    He must just step aside and let Mothlante carry-on cause there has been too many violence and deaths of protesting and dissatisfied civilians under his leadership. who's son or daughter must die before Zuma can realize that he's too incompetent for that position

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