SONA 2013

SACBC’s Response to the State of the Nation Address

More than once during the course of his address last night, President Jacob Zuma used the word ‘report’ to describe what he was doing. It was, in effect, a synopsis of the government’s efforts over the last five years, with a number of references to the longer period since 1994. Inevitably, it highlighted the successes and achievements, with only the slightest nod to the failures, along the lines of ‘there is still more to be done’. As the leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said afterwards, it was an election speech.

State of the Nation 2013: Implications for Business

President Jacob Zuma addressed a somewhat distracted South African population in his State of the Nation speech. He started and finished the lengthy presentation by reaffirming the commitment of government to the vision set out in the National Development Plan. Unsurprisingly, this was one of a number of echoes of policy decisions made at the African National Congress’ (ANC) national conference held in Mangaung in December 2012. Among them were the categorical dismissal of the nationalisation debate and a strong defence of the supremacy of the constitution.

Zuma Puts His Faith in NDP

President Jacob Zuma says the National Development Plan (NDP) will put the country on a clear growth path.
Speaking at The New Age business breakfast in Cape Town, Zuma, pointed out that, "It is our plan. It cannot be said it is a plan of the party or government, much as government has to implement the plan."
He further said that SA is clear where it is going, adding that it now has the NDP, which enable everyone an understanding of the direction his government want to take the country to.

Zuma’s Minute of Silence for Rape Victims

Non-governmental groups have urged President Jacob Zuma to observe a minute of silence for rape victims before his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 14 February 2013.
Sonke Gender Justice Network representative, Micheline Muzaneza, points out that, "This matter needs urgent attention. We appeal to President Zuma to observe a minute of silence for the victims of rape and other forms of violence."

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