Zuma's speech concrete, decisive - ANC

2014-06-18 14:28

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address provided decisive actions to speed up economic growth, the African National Congress said on Wednesday.

"It is our conviction... that the address practically takes forward the commitments made in the ANC manifesto arising from thorough and exhaustive consultation with South Africans... during the election campaign," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

"The State of the Nation address has laid the foundation by articulating decisive action geared to the attainment of the five percent growth target by 2019."

Kodwa said Zuma's speech showed government was on track to implement radical socio-economic transformation.

Eliminate poverty, inequality

He said government had to move with vigour to implement the National Development Plan (NDP).

"The NDP is not a government plan but a plan of all South Africans requiring commitment and co-operation from all social partners for its attainment.

"The targets and proposals made require the dedicated effort of all sectors of society to ensure that we harness the means, goodwill, people, and resources... that our country possesses to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality."

Kodwa said among the many interventions Zuma spoke of in Parliament on Tuesday night was revitalising local government.

"We are pleased therefore that the State of the Nation address committed national and provincial government to work closer with municipalities to address capacity constraints and provide funding for the development of infrastructure."

  • Andrew Mackie - 2014-06-18 14:34

    The problem with these speeches is that while many commitments are made not all are achievable or the will to carry forward does not exist amongst the lower ranks in officialdom. However, time will tell and hope these ideals will come to fruition.

      Beicime Olfsun - 2014-06-18 14:50

      That speech would not hold water in China for example.

      Chris P Noodle - 2014-06-18 14:57

      Kodwa speaks codswallop

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-06-18 15:04

      This is proof that the anc are in fact all a bunch of idiots.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-06-18 15:21

      Indeed the zanc's opinion does not agree with the assessment made by the "CLEVER" people of South Africa !

      Yin Yang - 2014-06-18 15:23

      Seeing is believing...and we have been waiting to see this for the past 20 years?!?!?!?

      Blue*Reid - 2014-06-18 15:24

      ANC blames Apartheid (always) ANC blamed Mbeke, ANC will blame Zuma, ANC will still blame everybody else, forever and ever, but never, will they admit that they are to incompetent and unable to run, manage and lead our Nation. Pathetic!!!!

      Jacob Majola - 2014-06-18 15:28

      Another best speech by our leader. Well done Zuma, we can all have a faith in your promises.

      TC - 2014-06-18 16:03

      Only the naïve 62% will believe that Zuma's speech was good. If I had to decide to invest money, I will not invest in SA!

      Hugh Robinson - 2014-06-18 17:44

      Do not for the ambiguity and of course the sure knowledge that only Black Only two sure facts emerged. Smme and sme's will qualify for state assistance but not whites who want to create work. Then the next big fact was that BBBEE is going to be used to rid as many whites from their jobs as possible using the revised business and EE laws. The rest was lost in the winds of hot air and vain uttering.

      Ronni Stevens - 2014-06-19 13:13

      This Zuma ouk must really think that we are all stupid...!!! I wish he would just retire, or stand down and disappear off the scene. Replace him with a more honest, intelligent person. Someone who actually understands the needs of the people and understands politics, not a revolutionary, comrade, ex Robin islander....

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-06-18 14:39

    The only time the headline is positive about Mr Nkandla, is when it's comments from the clowns! Rotfl. Go figure.

  • Deeked De Dose - 2014-06-18 14:39

    Imagine the day an ANC guys stands up and says what a waste of time the speech was.... Other than the fact that Zumba is looking thinner and more yellow, the speech was about the same as the previous ones.... promises, lies and more promises...

  • Brad Herbert - 2014-06-18 14:40

    zuma's speech was full of rubbish, as usual

      Czwe Da GreatOne - 2014-06-18 15:09

      just like you.

  • Kallie Marie - 2014-06-18 14:43

    Hmmmm ... extremely bold statement

  • Eddie Daniels - 2014-06-18 14:45

    Change the songs lyrics to I'll be a clown......................

  • jeremy.howell.52687 - 2014-06-18 14:47

    What planet is Kodwa from?

      Naas Du Plessis - 2014-06-18 15:50


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  • TygerQB - 2014-06-18 14:48

    Same old BS they tell us It was an amazing speech!! Yes amazing if you a frikken ignoramus!

  • Beicime Olfsun - 2014-06-18 14:49

    If the present leadership of the ANC finds it concrete, etc. then we have a problem. I wonder why are the ANC brains hiding.

  • Czwe Da GreatOne - 2014-06-18 15:10

    I agree with Zizi. But there are still some grey areas which Im sure the ANC led government will address.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-06-18 15:25

      There is a lot of pitch black darkness and no lights. How do think they will find those issues so they can address them? No far easier to just say " What problems ? I didn't see it ! " And then do nothing !

  • Ygivadamn - 2014-06-18 15:15

    SONA process 101 has 18 months lag from speech to delivery of services. 1. President makes speech 2. debates about content (1month) 3. Ministers seek interpretation about speech from DGs (1month) 4. DGs seek interpretation and proposals from senior staff (3months) 5. Minister consolidates plan to present at PC (1month) 6. Portfolio Committee discusses reject/adopts plan (3months) 7. DG Advertises tenders (3months) 8. Tenders won and announced (1month) 9. If no objections, the Service Provider takes 6months to present final plan 10. Release of funds (3months) 11. Implementation hopefully begins 20months later.

  • Pogiso Mekgwe - 2014-06-18 15:23

    who ask u whether it ws concrete nor decisive?

  • dean.albertus - 2014-06-18 15:24

    Shows the low standards y The ANC set themselves

  • Denise Oosthuizen Wilshire - 2014-06-18 15:37

    Zuma's speech might have been adequate, but that is just a lot of hot air. Speeches are not CONCRETE OR DECISIVE actions are. Those 2 actions are not anything which the ANC knows anything about. Why wait 20 years to try and resurrect a country from the brink of no return? The ANC were handed a fully functional one and they proceeded to wreck it at every turn. The main perpetrator of this is our "esteemed" president. I do hope that he takes some sort of retirement and goes back to watching his cows.

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2014-06-18 15:44

    The only way to achieve them also is to have good opposition that will support the move and constructively oppose off necessary. Also the media that is unbiased.

  • Naas Du Plessis - 2014-06-18 15:48

    Maybe if you made the country better and then stole money people might not have been so bothered. But you put your own needs before the country and the result is a hint of recession. I don't believe you zooma.

  • Liyema Mbatiwe - 2014-06-18 15:55

    All these promises are just to calm us!!

  • sxp - 2014-06-18 16:10

    These fools seems to believe themselves and Zuma's endless lies. How stupid can people be?

      Mpho Modiba Alphy - 2014-06-18 16:33

      stupid sxp yo think we de majority are fools by voting in deAnc in power? yo whites complain about everything sincewhile its like a bitter pill to swallow by being ruled by a black person

  • sxp - 2014-06-18 16:12

    I dare you Zuma: Create 1 million permanent jobs in this year, or resign. I bet you are to yellow to take this on.

  • Tsepiso Molapo - 2014-06-18 16:31

    Nothing new just empty promises ... the "clever" blacks know this and everyone else who's not holding to the past

  • Tsepiso Molapo - 2014-06-18 16:40

    Nothing new just empty promises ... the "clever" blacks know this and everyone else who's not holding to the past

  • Kathi Smuts - 2014-06-18 16:42

    Zuma's speech concrete, decisive. Well that's the speech cast in stone. Now all we need are the promises to be cast in stone too. Then at least we will have some concrete evidence that there is an attempt to bring SA back to where it should be.

  • Samu Choe - 2014-06-18 16:46

    We know what zuma say goes, you critisise you get chopped.

  • stefan.strydom.902 - 2014-06-18 17:00

    I thought they said the speech was "adequate"?? A bit of a slip of the tongue?? Idiots!!

      Petrus Rantsie - 2014-06-18 19:10

      Zuma can't be trusted and must not be trusted as a leader !bebause in any case or speech .the only thing on his mind is to still money from the government and then believe him .Nonsens leader .look what is happening in the FREE STATE .health care workers have lost their jobs because there is no money .Where is our money president Zuma .

  • Khaya Mgoqi - 2014-06-18 21:19

    Ncimmmmmm........lies after lies.......... l in strongly terms not agree with the saying that NDP is a plan of all south africans.....l think she must retract from the point she s made that ndp is plan of south africans....that saying will remain invalid in my view.....ndp is a government plan....why we oppose the plan if is our plan.............

  • dan.butler.7967 - 2014-06-18 21:25

    Were there two different speeches of zumas? One the ANC heard and the other one the opposition heard? Just asking.!!

  • dan.butler.7967 - 2014-06-18 21:43

    Apparently there were two zuma speeches. One for the ANC and another for the opposition!!

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