Zuma's focus likely to be 'jobs, jobs, jobs'

2012-02-09 07:53

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma is expected to focus mainly on economic issues during his annual State of the Nation address at the opening of Parliament on Thursday evening.

Congress of the People spokesperson Nic Koornhof said the address was being made against the backdrop of Moody's and Fitch revising SA's credit rating downwards.

National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu said the main thrust of the speech should be "jobs, jobs, jobs".

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said South Africans wanted the speech to be inspiring.

"They don't want to be presented with another bureaucratic check-list of targets and promises," she told journalists at Parliament on Wednesday.

She said Zuma should be honest about his government's shortcomings, such as the failure to keep the pledges made in previous State of the Nation addresses.

Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven said the organisation expected Zuma to continue rolling out the policies in the ANC election manifesto.

He said Cosatu looked forward to a firm assurance from Zuma that the protection of state information bill would be redrafted to ensure it could never be used to classify evidence of crime and corruption as "secret" or to criminalise whistleblowers.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-09 08:09

    A balance between STEALING and CREATING JOBS .... Tuff one!!

      Jacques Buckle - 2012-02-09 08:28


      David - 2012-02-09 09:44

      Today at the state of the nations address "lies, lies and more lies." Meeting closed lets go for lunch. FlowingRivers why dont you go back to the rock you crawled out of. They are not only stealing my money but yours also, you sorry excuse for a human.

      Susanna - 2012-02-09 09:55

      For safety and security, take out as many loans you can. Send the money overseas in different currencies. Don't pay tax, I repeat DON'T PAY TAX. When there is no more money left to plunder, president Zuma and his comrades would like to turn on the non-payers, but can't as he needs them to honour their debts. Soon he would turn to something else like beading or woodwork to provide an income for himself. (If the Chinese nationals don't have to pay tax in SA, why should we?)

  • Ben - 2012-02-09 08:09

    To create jobs will cost money. Very easy. Get all corruption and tender fraud money back from the guilty parties and use it for deveopment of the infra structure.

      Shayne - 2012-02-09 08:25

      hahahahahahhahaa! Like that will ever happen. Zuma's China - Shabier Sheik sits in a huge mansion every day, drives expensive cars and has suffered no consequenses after being found GUILTY for corruption. Corrupt president, CORRUPT NATION!

  • Le - 2012-02-09 08:14

    And a nice big tender for BEE (with Gupta involvement) where his relative would be a 60% shareholder. Dear Zuma, open up a Jobmail for once in your life, there are plenty of vacancies to be filled, but the job market needs only a limited number of people who cant read and write , and who's main skill is being able to use a shovel, South Africa needs , Doctors, Technicians, Electricians, Engineers, and Accountants! Stop spending money on multiple jets to fly around the world , and start giving bursaries. Also spending 100 million on a weekend celebration of (ANC is 100 years old) means nothing for a nation who's majority of school textbooks where printed in the 1980's and where most poor schools dont even have textbooks or qualified teachers. Start giving the poorest of the poor also a fighting chance to see their children become well respected professionals that can take care of their parents, instead of pumping money into ventures that only benefit the ANC elite and their families.

      procold2 - 2012-02-09 08:17

      well said

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-02-09 08:15

    New year, same old story, promises, promises, promises and another year of empty promises. all the ANC government wants is too waste as much money as possible and line their own pockets, they don't care about the poor or the state of the country.... Is zuma going to try to tell us anything different or new?

  • stuart.bigmore - 2012-02-09 08:15

    We just fired 17000 workers at impala platinum mines in rustenburg and nobody was shouting jobs then were they?

  • lloyd.mollison - 2012-02-09 08:18

    NO please don't!! We see what happened last time you did!

  • Jacque Raymer - 2012-02-09 08:19

    whatever garbage he says, it will only be words, no action, ANC has NEVER lived up to any of their promises

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-09 10:24

      When did the ANC promise u anything !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Omrisho - 2012-02-09 10:50

      the anc promised a better life for all

      Deon - 2012-02-09 11:43

      Mr Zuma promised 500 000 new jobs in 2009, but we lost 1 000 000. We are tired of empty promisses, rather change labour laws.

  • Ashley - 2012-02-09 08:19

    Zuma's focus likely to be 'jobs, jobs, jobs'! ja right, more like no jobs, no jobs, no jobs!

  • Cast53 - 2012-02-09 08:20

    Year of the JOBS (2011), can probable expect the same predictions

  • Phuti - 2012-02-09 08:22

    I wish he could make education free to tertiary.The only way we are to get rid of poverty is through quality education.

      Le - 2012-02-09 08:32

      I agree, again the state of the nation is going to be Zuma promises another few million jobs in the next 4 years. Which will be a target that has never been reached, and how many of those jobs will be minimum wage ? , South Africa's poor is sick and tired of having a job where they can just eat and have a roof over their head and pray nothing goes wrong to ruin their budget for the month. Help the education system , instead of spending millions on the SADF (which we have come to see is nothing more than a useless waste of money for a neutral country like SA) start putting those soldiers in school , teach them how to take care of their families instead of teaching them how to shoot a gun, teach them how to plant crops, fix cars, build houses. No matter how you put it I have never seen the ability of using a rifle has ever put food on the table in a lawfully way. Phuti , or at least make education free in rural areas, or to families that earn minimum wage / social grants.

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-09 08:25

    When It comes to Job Creation, President Zuma is Failing Dismally! People are losing Jobs every day!

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-09 10:27

      And that is bcos of the recession .....NOT ZUMA...!

      Jacqui - 2012-02-09 10:48

      This Flowing Rivers chappie has his eyes and his brain well covered. No wonder he writes so badly. Geez.

      Garth - 2012-02-09 10:50

      @flow - you are as one-eyed as an Australian rugby commentator, but at least they possess intelligence and common sense. How, do you not blame the head of the government, for the lack of progress of that self-same government? Progress is not a rich black person at the expense of the poor. Progress is not once fecund land now lying fallow. Progress is not a failed system of education. Progress is not an increase in murders, rapes, child molestations, child rapes, drug trafficking, infrastructure collapse nor gargantuan potholes. Or am I missing the point of the useless, worthless anc governance?

  • Newsreader - 2012-02-09 08:29

    Weee waaant Eeekwaaal raaaits....weeee waaant eeelektreeek laaaits.....weeeee waant beeeg korn baaaits!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-09 09:06

      And we want redistribution of land without compensation and we want economic freedom in our lifetime, whatever that means....

  • Shayne - 2012-02-09 08:31

    What difference does it make to post comments? To air your oppinions? No one listens. We live in a country where corruption is the norm, not the rule. And its citizens are made to pay out of their a**holes to enrich an elite few. So we, the tax payers, the hard working citizens who have to live with the results of a country falling apart bacause its "LEADERS" are lining their own pockets. Until ANC supporting south africans wake up and stand up to their own party, the country is destined to fall flat on its face! And nothing, NOTHING you can say will make Zuma stop enriching his chommies and family, Sheik get back into Jail and all the corrupt a**holes pay for what they do.

  • Grant - 2012-02-09 08:34

    Does anybody take Zuma seriously anymore? His focus can be 'jobs, jobs, jobs' but since 2009 when he promised the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs the country has suffered a net loss of jobs. This is something Zuma and Casatu should be looking at.

  • viv.grimbeek - 2012-02-09 08:34

    1994 was when the jobloss started to many unions to many stupid labour laws to many to much interferance in the work place

      Ashley - 2012-02-09 09:09

      Agree 80% with you on this one but my other 20% percent lies, with the opportunity given to us to get jobs after 1994.

  • Koos - 2012-02-09 08:38

    mmmm.... how can showerhead speak jobs if he cant even do his own job properly????

  • Johan - 2012-02-09 08:40

    This is going to be one of those long speeches that he will read without ever looking up from the papers in front of him. And he will constantly push op his glasses !

      Leon - 2012-02-09 09:42

      Yea with his middle finger watch...

      Phill - 2012-02-09 12:21

      That's why I'm not going to listen. The African national corruption can have their day!

  • Charles - 2012-02-09 08:47

    The ANC and their alliance partners have no idea on how to create jobs. The continuous strike action by Cosatu and it's affiliated unions is causing a loss of jobs as this is making South Africa less competitive in the global market. Unrealistic wage demands by unskilled labour is driving more and more jobs to India and China. South Africa's very liberal labour legislation also makes employer's wary of employing permanent empolyees because it's so difficult to get rid of non-performers that it's better to use labour provided by a labour broker. Affirmative Action and BEE is also contributing to unemployment to a large degree due to inefficient and poorly qualified individuals, in positions of power, preventing jobs being created further down the chain. Why would an international company want to invest in South Africa and be forced to have a BEE partner?

  • Mark - 2012-02-09 08:47

    Job creation!!!!!doesnt mean more parking attendants and car guards,we have enough of then,try something new, be creative.

  • Santapola - 2012-02-09 08:48

    Does he even know what the economic is all about? Zuma is just another joke.I think is time we get another Black party like azapo OR PAC to lead us forward...

      Bob - 2012-02-09 09:46

      Try a South African party like DA, they don't see colour unlike you Santapola.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-02-09 08:51

    Still waiting for 500 000 jobs Zuma - or do you think we are that stupid to forget?

      Mike - 2012-02-09 09:17

      Oh yes - and what happened to the 1.3 Million jobs lost....!

  • Sechaba - 2012-02-09 08:55

    Mr President can you please practise and proof read your speech asseblief, we dont need to take redbull to be able to stay awake while listening to you, i dont expect to hear things like "fe...llow South Africans, we n..eed to work to..gether as gover....nment and comm...unit..ies"

      Leon - 2012-02-09 09:45

      A..nd tog...hether we ca..n stea...l more!

  • Bryan - 2012-02-09 08:58

    JZ..You promise the same thing every year and when the ANC fails to deliver you use the same excuses.. Face it, you suck at your job..!!

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-02-09 09:00

    you mean lies, lies, lies....

  • Francis - 2012-02-09 09:03

    Yeah yeah! Mr President we are short of teachers and no money to pay the temps! But there seems to be plenty for airplane convoys and other freebie trips Quote WW2 "Is your trip really necessary?" I am not going to listen to your zombie reading of someone elses authorship because you will tell us nothing! State of the nation? Atrocius!

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-02-09 09:03

    It ought to commence with the statement `My government is rotten with corruption at every level. From National, Provincial, Municipal and in all the areas where the ANC control the fiscal expenditure it is corrupt. I intend to deal with this expeditiously!' NOW HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE HEARD THAT BEFORE???? PARDON WHILE I LARF!!

  • gerald.jacob1 - 2012-02-09 09:04

    The last time i checked we lived in a democracy and in a democracy jobs are created by the private sector. In a communist society the government creates jobs for its people, so why is the government tasked with creating jobs, i just don't see the logic in this whole saga, private sector should get more involved in job creation.

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-09 09:07

    Lets see Zoom Aap: It shoud be: Crime, Crime, Crime. Corruption, Corruption, Corruption. Education, Eduction, Education. Housing,Housing,Housing. Oh and of course your ever failing Justice System. But throwing parties, en vreet jouself duk, is meer belangrik, as die wat NIKS het nie.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-09 09:08

    A gold fish has a one second memory...Wasnt the SONA about the jobs last year and the year before and the one bfr that? Are we goldfishes to be treated with so much contempt?

  • Olivia - 2012-02-09 09:09

    I'm not even going to mention the endless dire list of needs within this society and economic infrastructure needed. Pointless!

  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-09 09:13


      Nik - 2012-02-09 09:48

      My friend....ALL POLITICIANS OF ALL PARTIES OF ALL POLITICAL PERSUASIONS IN ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE ARE F###ING USELESS SELF SERVING BASTARDS WITH ZERO MORAL OR BELIEF IN SERVING THEIR PEOPLE. It's just a job that they can gain maximum money from, which is why they all scheeme to stay in power

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-09 09:15

    Zuma call it quits your party is useless!

  • Mike - 2012-02-09 09:16

    Jobs, jobs, jobs - for his children, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties and the rest of the Zuma clan.... plus a few selected pals.... who are you trying to fool... oh of course the masses - who will all cheeeeeer again... or won't they?

  • MattQ4 - 2012-02-09 09:19

    Surely his focus is "wives, wives wives" or is it "rape, rape, rape"...oh no wait... it's "embezzlement, embezzlement, embezzlement" There is no way I will ever feel one small stitch of pride in my government while it's head is a high school dropout rapist, thief, liar, shower head... the state of the nation is so pathetic I really and truly have run out of metaphors which even come close... It's beyond a joke.. there has to be a new insult invented to describe the abortion which is the ANC government...

      Piet - 2012-02-09 09:32

      You forgot to add that he is also a criminal, one that had a "general corrupt relationship with Shaik" who happens to be a convicted criminal, for the exact same corruption.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-09 11:55

      High school drop out? He never saw the doors of one ...which might explain why he and his government do not think education is important. Schools churning our little Zumas with 30% pass rates.....

  • WotzisName - 2012-02-09 09:25

    Haven't we heard this before? These speeches make no difference other than to cause a city full of traffic chaos!

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-02-09 09:26

    Mr Zuma, talk is cheap. Delivery is what the people of South Africa demand and are entitled to. Put up or shut up!

  • Dennis - 2012-02-09 09:28

    Same as last year Miss Sofi !!

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 09:28

    I hope he is not speaking of roads being tarred, and then 3 months later, the same road is dug up, and the holes are filled with pebbles, and then 3 months later, the pebbles are removed, the road gets re-tarred again and so on and so on. That is not job creation at all. My early morning sarcasm.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-09 09:35

    Zuma needs to talk less on job creation and so something positive that will stimulate the economy to create jobs (and not jobs for the hangers on).

  • tiaandb - 2012-02-09 09:38

    Education, education, education should be the main focus! Because without proper education, the jobs, jobs, jobs will fail fail fail. So think, think, think!!

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 09:41

      I think he is aware that if the masses are educated, they will VOTE them out :)

      johns54 - 2012-02-09 09:44

      You got it!

  • lindsy.williams - 2012-02-09 10:23

    Im gonna watch Zuma's State of the Nation speech so I can fall asleep easily tonight ...

      Garth - 2012-02-09 11:01

      So lies and empty promises and lack of accountability and zero future for the people of this country, put your mind at ease enough for you to sleep soundly? Desensitized much? Or merely apathetic? "The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle." : Vaclav Havel The opposite of GOOD is not EVIL, the opposite of GOOD is APATHY.

  • Frank - 2012-02-09 10:34

    May be i could get the whistleblower job!!

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-09 10:45

    The word 'jobs' only have four letters, not too hard to pronounce. He should be alright then.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-02-09 12:01

      So you reckon words like education, entrepreneur, economy, markets, foreign direct investment ect are too long then.

  • Tahir - 2012-02-09 10:49

    I understand that a speech of this type - the State of the Nation Address - cannot cover everything; however it must speak directly to poverty, unemployment n inequality. It must not just acknowledge it is more jobs we need, President Jacb Zuma must present a firm strategy to create decent jobs. Lastly, acknowledgement of world recession and its impact on SA will also not be enough, an urgent alternative to the country's economic trajectory must be presented tonight, by the President at the State of the Nation Address.

  • Saamprater - 2012-02-09 11:36

    Why will he focus on something he cannot do? It is the private sector and business in general to create jobs, whereas it is the government of the day's responsibility to create the political and economical climate for business to create jobs. My goodness, when will they realize this simple fact

  • Heiku - 2012-02-09 11:48

    mr. President please understand; it really is that bad and it won't just go away. It's just beginning.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-09 12:02

    I personally try to follow China's future intentions(not that they say much about them) rather than JZ's. A far more accurate indicator of SA's future - or lack of it, unless you happen to be Chinese of course. People better wake up to the fact that there is a new colonial power quietly at work on this dark continent - mostly now calling in 'Liberation Struggle' debts. Take a look at who currently have their grubby mits on Zimbabwe's mineral wealth. Oh by the way black Africa, if you thought the 'white man' was a harsh master, you ain't seen nothing yet.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-09 12:17

    @Nik-- Dead right. Has anyone noticed how these parasites stick together like glue when it comes to their renummeration. They are all corrupt. At present the DA is holding an internal disciplinary enquiry of a DA member of parliment who swindled we taxpayers out of R275000 about 18 months ago. No transparency and no calling in the Police. In my opinion they are nearly all crooks.

  • Phill - 2012-02-09 12:17

    Patrick Craven should shut his mouth. We want the R1000 000 from Lotto tha was given to COSATU to play with. COSATU represents workers and surely workers are working and can pay for their party (celebration). Craven, you should be ashamed to comment on matters of the nation bcause you steal from the poor.

  • tumelo.theka - 2012-02-09 12:23

    He will focus more on health, education and creation of jobs, partially on economy and other vital issues, may this time the dream of South Africans come true...