e.tv's preamble to the Speech seemed to focus largely on KwaZulu-Natal where it was stated that there is an illiteracy rate of 60 percent. The Minister did not once mention illiteracy, but gave hope as extra allocations of finance went to education which has the largest share of the budget. More was directed to education and skills development with the FET's getting R800 billion over three years, R5 billion to National Skills Fund and more billions to the SETAs.
Thus the Speech was a vision of hope and positive action. Minister Gordhan said to stop blaming the past and to transform opportunities for all. Most of all he emphasised the need to reduce dependency, to focus on youth development instead of welfare dependence. Job creation and making South Africa great depends on you and me.
This is exactly in line with the vision of the Readucate Trust that is working towards South Africa becoming the greatest nation on earth by developing the marvellous potential of all our wonderful people. We teach teachers, prisoners and others with a good command of English how to teach children and adults to be independent, courageous readers and learners, who learn to believe in themselves and who in turn teach others the multi-dimensional approach to language, reading, writing, spelling, comprehension, life and study skills. Our focus this year is to train young people to Readucate other young people, especially in prisons and schools throughout South Africa.
Thus with building new partnerships we can transform opportunities for all as we develop a fully literate, viable, productive, harmonious, corruption-free country, able to compete with the best in the world. HEARTIEST congratulations to Minister Pravin Gordhan for giving us new hope and galvanising us into positive action!