Zuma honest, frank - unions

2012-02-10 08:11

Johannesburg - Trade unions praised President Jacob Zuma on Thursday for what they described as his honesty and frankness on the problems South Africa faced.

"It was good to hear the president admitting that municipal service delivery is still not on a desirable level," Solidarity deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann said. However, Solidarity was disappointed that Zuma did not provide solutions.

"With regard to crime, skills shortages and the pressure that is put on the rights of minorities in South Africa, President Zuma did not bring forward any significant new solutions," said Hermann.

The union also welcomed Zuma's plan to invest in big infrastructure projects, but was worried about the emphasis on empowerment instead of development through education.


The Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) said Zuma's address was "inspiring".

"President JG Zuma... [was] frank about current challenges, especially the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequalities," the union said.

Fawu welcomed job creation being the focus of the massive infrastructure development plan.

"We still wish to see much more focused and deeper plans on the creation of green jobs, and the agro-processing sector becoming one of the job drivers."

The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Thursday questioned where the additional money for the infrastructure development plan.

"Infrastructure investment in our roads, rail, ports and water will unblock the rich mineral resources of platinum, palladium, chrome and other minerals to increase South Africa's mining potential and beneficiation programme," Fedusa secretary general Dennis George said.


"The president did however not mention where the funds for this investment will come from and what time frame will be allocated."

Infrastructure investment was a critical component of strong economic growth.

George said Fedusa was also concerned that job creation appeared to have taken a back seat.

Hardly any emphasis was placed on education in Zuma's address, he said.

Fedusa also welcomed R20bn set aside in incentives earmarked to support new industrial projects and manufacturing.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-10 08:52

    Who is polishing marbles? Surely not the trade unions!

      John - 2012-02-10 18:39

      Where are the Swedish 5 Billion? Where are the IMF Billions, the Bribes which the IMF paid for the Kgatse Dam? Remember the IMF scandal? You can not be trusted! Publish the World Cup Accounts, show the World what a machine gunner you are!

      John - 2012-02-10 22:08

      Zuzuma Jesus loves you, Zuzuma, Your mother loves you, Zuzuma, Your father loves, Repent, Manpara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say that? Lets have a look: Zuma is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalization. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

  • Fran - 2012-02-10 09:00

    The real honesty that almost all of ordinary South Africans like need to hear is the real root of corruption and how deep has our country sunked into this pendimic. If the president went on the podium last night to address and tell us how is he going to deal with the following issues: Economy, Housing & Sanitation, Electricity Supply to the masses, Roads,Crime, Corruption, Police Brutality, Rape of our children, Clinics and Hospitals are in a state of crisis, we dont have enough schools, the education system sucks and water supply is still non existing in our Vilages. We have taps that are standing dry still? So for me, basic delivery services that I have mentioned are a right for every South African, if the president addressed this issues and left everything else out I would have been pleased.

      lerumo.mkhonto - 2012-02-10 09:12

      The root of all our problems is corruption that has permeated all levels of our society. Kill corruption and everything else will fall into place. We are a vibrant society-South Africans.

  • ian.rundle1 - 2012-02-10 09:40

    Delivery is something that the trade unions do not contribute to. They also hindr job creation with their insistnce on onerous employment conditions on emerging business. So they really should shoulder a good deal of the responsability for SA remaining stagnent.

      ian.rundle1 - 2012-02-10 09:41

      Mmmm - spelling issues

  • anthro45 - 2012-02-10 10:51

    Zuma and honest in one sentence.........BHAH HA HA HA HA HA

  • Phill - 2012-02-10 22:15

    Do we really know what honest means? If was honest he would told us that the corrupt go to court and eventually to jail. Where are the leaders of corruption like Shiceka and Mahlangu - Nkabinde (still MP's)? Remeber Zuma still owe us an explanation in court about corruption. The man is corrupt untill the court proves otherwise. Do I hear somebody saying it's only a perception? Yes, a perceived criminal can't lead unless we are all fools

  • Patsy - 2012-02-23 12:26

    Honesty and frankness...............???????????????

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