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ANC welcomes state of the Nation Address

10 February 2011

The African National Congress welcomes the state of nation address by President Jacob Zuma due to it being informed by the ANC agenda to redress decades of socio-economic imbalances created by apartheid and for reflecting the movement`s current programme of action.

We are happy that the speech has touched on the ANC`s key priority areas, which include crime and corruption fighting, rural development, job creation, education and health, among others.

We particularly welcome the emphasis on job creation and skills development, with the year 2011 being declared a Year of Job Creation.

We think that the government`s R9 billion jobs fund set aside for job creation over the next three years and the R10 billion from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) combined with company tax breaks will certainly boost the economy and make a huge difference in the lives of many South Africans.

We call on all sectors of our economy, particularly the private sector, to collaborate and work closely with government in making the realisation of job creation a priority area.

The ANC also welcomes government`s intervention to address the acute water supply scarcity which has adversely affected some parts of the country like Limpopo, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.

While some opposition parties and political commentators have expressed concern on the speech being short on detail, they should know better that it is not the President, but cabinet ministers who - when addressing parliament on their respective budgets - will give details as it has been a common tradition.

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
Secretary General African National Congress

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