Zuma promises better services

2012-11-08 17:17

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma told a travelling sitting of the National Council of Provinces in De Aar on Thursday that the government was responding to a common call from poor communities for better basic services and more job opportunities.

He said public meetings in the Karoo town and elsewhere had heard pleas for better education, improved water and electricity provision and more policing to protect women and children.

"We agree with you... that the public service has to be sensitive and responsible to these humble requests from our people," he said.

"We must improve in education at both basic and tertiary levels. We must improve on safety and security, including the fight against the abuse [of] and attacks on women and children."

"If children walk long distances they are vulnerable to sexual assaults. It is tragic that we have such heartless and shameless people in our communities who attack children in this manner."

Zuma acknowledged calls to give jobs to more people through the Expanded Extended Public Works Programme and the Community Works Programme.

He said the government was already responding to some of the issues raised.

It was notably upgrading special schools and would build five more in the next five years.

The government also planned to tackle the shortage of health care professionals and to improve municipal services by filling vacancies and recruiting more skilled people.

The president outlined new infrastructure improvements, including plans to build and pave roads in Phillipstown in the Karoo and Petrusville in the Northern Cape, and projects to improve water and electricity supply in Thembelihle municipality.

"Thus, we cannot be found wanting or non-responsive," he said.

The National Council of Provinces' sitting in De Aar, Northern Cape is part of its "Taking Parliament to the People" programme.

  • bruce.ryan.7 - 2012-11-08 17:38

    Um ok! Heres a try... Stop building Zumaville bigger than it is and fund the people who need it most unless you not up for the challenge Mr President???

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-09 01:34

      Has anyone seen the tooth fairy or the Easter Bunny? Only I was told there are lots of fairy tales in the area.

      bless.boswell - 2012-11-09 07:04

      I believe the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and Pinocchio are at Luthuli House. Rumplestiltskin too ...

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-11-08 17:43

    he also promised to steal less...yeah right!!!

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2012-11-08 17:46

    Support SME's to create jobs so people can pay taxes . Away with free services and RDP houses . Unless you want people to be forever indebted to you in return for their votes , and how long do you think this will last ?

      siyabonga.nkosi.10 - 2012-11-08 21:59

      Deon. Polley.3 what exactly are you on about? I expect some constructive critism from you but havent seen any. Do you have any coming soon but dont worry take all the time you need to make one, i'll be right here waiting to see the best of you.

  • rontheogre - 2012-11-08 17:50

    "We agree with you... that the public service has to be sensitive and responsible to these humble requests from our people" plus all the other promises made sound like a fart in the wind heard in the background amidst the scandalous waste of funds attributed to Zuma's residences as well as the excesses and criminal enrichment by the ANC top brass and their favoured buttkissers. How can this person(I can't call him a man as a man will act and speak with integrity) perpetuate these lies and falsehoods while wasting our hard earned taxes. I can now understand how people like Hitler and Mussolini came into power and were revered until the day these same leaders either committed suicide or were hung by their own supporters.

      kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-11-08 18:35

      I believe that is why he is building a bunker at his compound. He does not want to commit suicide or be hung by his own supporters.

      alex.richards.94064 - 2012-11-08 20:55

      Do you need donations for rope?

  • mike.clery - 2012-11-08 17:57

    "We must..." "Government also planned..." "the president...outlined plans to..." That's all that ever happens - talks and plans.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-11-08 18:00

    2014 election empty promise

  • saschalipka - 2012-11-08 18:02 to the hand

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-11-08 18:06

    Go promise yourself too buddy! Don't come use that word here zuma!

  • Thabo Pilusa LikesUche'OkeziĆ© - 2012-11-08 18:14

    5 schools in 5 years...!!! How many years will it take 2 build/upgrade Nkandla? The money being used at Nkandla could build 20 schools around South Africa in 6 months...! Who are you fooling Mr President? Olusegun Obasanjo or South African citizens?

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 18:58

      not just schools...ppl lives in shacks...a few decent house would have made a few poor ppl very happy...over r200million mr must be ashamed!!!

  • kim.collins.9889261 - 2012-11-08 18:46

    Oh my word this president needs to be kicked out. 5 schools in 5 years! My goodness how disgusting!and for all u guys that are agreeing with him how stupid are u! I was born in SA so don't dare say I must go back to another country! U guys are blind man! Mandela was a president not this joke of a man! SA was never in such a bad condition ever as it is now and this comes from ME a 27 year old! WAKE UP GUYS! Wasting money on road names, currency changes and improving Zuma's home! Don't u guys think they could have used those money on things the country really need, housing, water, electricty , jobs , schools , hospitals , houses , and the list continues!

      Carol Benater - 2012-11-08 19:30

      u go girl!!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-08 18:53

    He is a thief, promising better services is a joke. 5 Minutes after he said it, it was forgotten.

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-11-08 18:58

    Mr Zuma filling vacancies with unskilled people,your cronies in ANC wont improve the service of delivery. I've have observed with shock that people who resign at National and provincial departments because of corruption,gets hired on critical positions at local government[Municipalities],thats why most municipalities fail in delivering services to their respective communities. In a nutshell stop cadre deployment,redeployment and re-redployment.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-11-08 19:21

    ANC GOVERNMENT respond only to NKANDLA ZUMA STATE service..well the rest of rsa black community stays in shacks..and mud roads.. over r200 million, that small change r200million could have made a few black people very happy like giving them decent small houses..

  • leonard.benjamin.129 - 2012-11-08 19:27

    bark, bark, woof woof.

  • Carol Benater - 2012-11-08 19:28

    zuma is such a joke, i would like to see Obama upgrading his personal home with Tax payers money and unfortunately there is so many stupid ppl defending him!!!!! stop the payments and rather pay the ppl that need it, like old ppl and orphanages!!!!! I am embarrassed to be a South African, we r a joke!!

      kim.collins.9889261 - 2012-11-08 19:39

      So agree with u Carol! We are a joke! And I may be young but I believe change can only come from each and ever one of us but still I can't believe how stupid some people can still be. We gave the ANC a chance and for a while Mandela did us proud! Now we gone to the dogs lol literally! And they still so blind!!!!

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-08 19:50

    bongani,he is not even worth the backside of the word president.He is a fullblood terrorist.There is not something like a freedom fighter.You are bor like that.He is bringinging this country down and he is a racist.A country where black and white can live in peace but Zuma hates piece.He is good for only nothing at all.The only thing he is interested in is his bank balance and bed..

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-11-08 19:52

    F...k!!And the brain dead masses still believe this underachiever of all time!!Where is the intellect(read brains)of those charging towards Manguang to vote Zuma in for a 2nd term?Better question...if Zuma had a shred of integrity he would by now have done the'right thing' and stepped down.BUT...jail not so cute!!!

      morrisn2 - 2012-11-08 20:33

      U not clever either!

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-08 19:59

    Slept to long.... Is it 1st of April ?

  • Minesh Ramjas - 2012-11-08 20:04

    Dear Mr President want to see our beautiful country prosper? Yes? STEP DOWN !!!

      Dumsani Ndlovu - 2012-11-08 21:38

      even if he steps down, another black pres will take over, just deal with it or else all of u go to WC and stay there

      gawie.gatvol - 2012-11-29 11:13

      Oh dumsani, you realy are narrow minded and very stupid if you think we care about having a black presedent, any EDUCATED AND HONEST PERSON WILL DO JUST FINE. Dont care what race that person is you dumb ass ass long as he or she got pass highschool you racist

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-11-08 20:06

    Better the devil we know.

      IcemanGP - 2012-11-08 20:10

      Yes and continue to throw your hard earned money at his government to do with as they please. Besides, you're a white man and you owe them. In fact, just hand over everything that you own.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-08 20:26

    Did he speak by himself, no Mac. What a lot of rubbish he's been talking. A lot of promises for the poor who so want to believe him that things will get better.

      morrisn2 - 2012-11-08 20:30

      U sound rubbish too!

  • izan.botes.7 - 2012-11-08 20:45

    whatever zuma tell that to your the other 6 graders in you cabinet / circus / gang!

  • alex.richards.94064 - 2012-11-08 20:48

    Why was he even in De Aar. The ANC feels nothing for the Northern Cape. The Northern Cape has too little voters too worry about, a suburb in Soweto is far more lucrative. How much houses have been built...No they lost their budget because it was not used. Did he need building material from De Aar or was he looking for his next wife

  • roger.plaatjies.79 - 2012-11-08 21:18

    Mr.Zuma, this speech was your 1st speech as president, we hope this is also your last speech.\r\nYou promise people houses, water and electricity. Electricity is a lot of money, who's going to pay for it, the tax payers?\r\nStop making empty promises and quit as president, pls?

  • siyabonga.nkosi.10 - 2012-11-08 22:09

    Mr president please here me out, they are asking for all sort of qualifications from us when we apply for jobs and they themselves do not have any qualifications to show yet they are aquiring higher positions in the private sectors and very quick to blame it to lack of education. some even come come from German countries and cant even type with both hands but quick on judging and critisizing your goverment. Please ignore them greedy people and continue forcing them to adhere to AA and BBE, and we are going to do the rest.

  • r.mashigo - 2012-11-08 23:37

    hahahahaha say what??

  • barry.pointeer - 2012-11-09 05:21

    well i for one vote "no confidence"

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-11-09 06:27

    whatever...... said it once, said it twice. Sure looking nice there in Nkandla ?!?! and making a big effort keeping Zille out hey ???

  • Nigel - 2012-11-09 07:32

    Shut it and step down. Do you have no integrity at all?

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-09 08:29

    How do you know when the prez is not telling the truth? When you see his lips move!

  • diskonco - 2012-11-09 14:44

    Cde President I believe that you have gotten you turn and nothing to show for beside the number of wives, so I believe we need change. Thisnisnobjectively so because Mr President should be in a position to admit that he is too expensive for a developing state like South Africa, too many wive incurring expenses to the poor citizens of the country, look at USA, it was easy to retain President Obama because he is not expensive to the state with one wife and two kids, hence I find it even difficult to remember the number of our Presidents kids who are also beneficiaries of our state allowances thus depriving the poor citizens.

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-11-09 15:47

    Too little too late. Please retire at Nkandla.

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-11-09 16:27


  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-11-09 22:08

    They been promising the same crap for 18yrs and guess what...people still believe them and still gonna vote for them.

  • koos.hendriks.1 - 2012-11-29 12:53

    ummm ok bubble head... but tell us.... show us!!

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