Thank You, President Zuma

2015-02-18 03:02

Contrary to popular belief, President Jacob Zuma has done an impeccable and outstanding job in ensuring that South Africa moves forward and creates a better life for all. Many critics of President Zuma unfortunately become so emotional that they fail to see his achievements and those of the country.

When President Zuma first took office, he was already hated by many South Africans and the media made sure of that but the ever so humble President took it all with a smile and a handshake, what a gentleman.

The problem in South Africa is that, if those with a privileged view don’t approve of you, you suddenly a threat to democracy, a democracy they did not believe in at stage but now are the self-appointed custodians of the constitution.

People must judge President Zuma on his work and his track record. They must not allow their prejudice to cloud their assessment of the President and government.

Pres Zuma assumed office during a global economic crisis, it was a tough time for South Africa and the world and the nation at that time was in need of great leadership and here was Jacob Zuma. Many jobs were lost and many jobs were saved.

South Africa under President Zuma hs gone under great good changes and the future seems brighter, South African is moving forward despite the forces of “expert” who see otherwise, not because they have facts but because of their hate for President Zuma. It is hard to see the incredible job done by President Zuma if you hate him, that hate you have is misleading you, you deny the truth and accept cooked lies from those with a privileged view because it’s more convenient for you to accept what is wrong.

The Zuma administration has prioritised Creating decent jobs, better Education and Health. Fighting  crime, Violence against women and children and rural development. This will be his legacy.

Under the leadership of President Jacob “Mr Infrastructure” Zuma, South Africa is improving way of life one kilometre at a time. You probably wondering why I referred to our number 1 as “Infrastructure”. Mr Zuma is a genius, At the heart of his infrastructure strategy, he shifted from just seeing infrastructure only as an asset to viewing the purpose of infrastructure as providing services to improve quality of life and social inclusion. This shift in perspective places emphasis on the outcome of infrastructure projects being quality services as well as driving the need to determine if the proposed infrastructure is the best option for delivering those services.

Under Pres Zuma we have seen Transnet increased its Capital Expenditure Programme (Capex) from R110 billion to R300 billon to ensure adequate capacity to meet future demands

Eskom has embarked on a massive build programme to boost electricity generation. Projects include the construction of the Medupi, Lephalale and Ingula power stations, which have also created jobs and stimulated development in the surrounding communities.

On education, President Zuma vowed to improve the quality of education in South Africa. "It is our strong view that poverty must not prevent South African children from gaining an education" said President Zuma. Since President Zuma took office, more than 370 new schools were built, more than eight million children have been given a free education and a further nine million children receive free meals at school. This direction shows how committed President Zuma is. President Zuma also has indicated plans to ensure that education is free for all youth by 2020.

Through the successful HIV ‘prevention of mother to child transmission' programme, which was initiated and launched by Zuma, the results were bought forward that the number of babies born HIV positive was reduced by 66% by 2011. Today South Africa has the largest ARV programme in the world.  Leaders around the world have lauded this achievement.

It is therefore safe to say that the Zuma administration has outperformed every previous administration, you don’t like but it’s a fact.

Under Pres Zuma, South Africa’s debt to GDP ratio is 32% (USA 100%, Japan 200%, UK 90%). The World Bank recommends a ratio of 60%. SA ranks 1st among upper middle-income economies in the World.

The South African stock market rose 23% in 2012. South Africa is currently is ranked 2nd out of 183 countries for good practice in protecting both borrowers and lenders when obtaining credit for business.

We can go all day but let's stick with a few.

South Africa’s admission to BRICS has been a huge milestone. Many emerging market countries were keen for BRICS membership but were overlooked and SA got the nod because of the leadership we have.

Let them talk and do your job Mr Zuma, lead South Africa.

Today we look back with pride at the tremendous progress that has been made, but appreciate the challenges of inequalities, poverty and unemployment.

“They remind me of Shakespeare,” Zuma said, before going on to quote Macbeth’s soliloquy, which ends with:

"It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing."

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