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State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, at the Joint Sitting Of Parliament, Cape Town

Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly,
Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces;
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP;
Deputy President of the Republic, Honourable Kgalema Motlanthe;

Former President Thabo Mbeki,

Former Deputy President FW De Klerk,

Former Deputy President Baleka Mbete,

Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, andall esteemed members of the Judiciary;
Distinguished Premiers and Speakers of our Provinces;

Chairperson of SALGA, and all local government leadership;
Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders; The Heads of Chapter9 Institutions;
The Governor
of theReserve Bank; Gill Marcus
The Heads of our security institutions,

Leadership of all sectors – labour, business, sports, and religiousleaders,

Members of the diplomatic corps;

South African and foreign media;
Fellow South Africans,

 

Dumelang, good evening, goeie naand, molweni, thobela,

 

Thank you Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly and theHonourable Chairperson of the NCOP, for this opportunity to share with fellowSouth Africans and international guests our review and programme of action forthis year.


I calledthis Joint Sitting in the evening again so that all, including students andworkers, can have an opportunity at first hand to listen to their governmentspeak on issues affecting their lives.

We thankthe Presiding Officers for allowing us this opportunity.


Let mealso, on behalf of government, welcome the Members of Parliament back to thisbeautiful mother city of Cape Town.


We would like to thank all South Africans who contributed to this Stateof the Nation Address through mainstream media, social media such as Facebookand Twitter, as well as direct contact.

 

The inputs have been very helpful.

 

Tomorrow will be 21 years since the release of our beloved President NelsonMandela from prison.

 

It was a historic and very special moment for our country, which demonstratedthe victory of our people over tyranny and apartheid oppression.

 

The events of that day prepared the ground for the implementation of ourvision of a free, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperousSouth Africa.

 

We have entered the 17th year of freedom, ready to continue the driveto make South Africa a successful and prosperous country, building on the foundationthat was laid by President Mandela.

 

As we mark this milestone, we extend the nation’s good wishes to Tata Madibaand his family, and wish him a speedy recovery.

 

Compatriots,

 

We need to accept the reality that President Mandela, who is loved byall of us, young and old, men and women, black and white, is not young anymore.

 

He will, from time to time, visit medical facilities for checkups,which is normal for a person of his age.  

 

We should allow him to do so with dignity, and give the family and the medicalteam the space to look after him, on our behalf, in privacy.   

 

We owe him that much given his love of this country and its people, andthe contribution he has made to South Africa, Africa and the world.

 

We thank the family, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the medical teamfor the sterling work that they are doing, in caring for a global icon, that weare so proud to call our own.

 

We want to assure the nation that Madiba is receiving very good medicalcare, and is comfortable.

 

TOGETHER WE HAVE ACHIEVED MUCH

Compatriots,

 

We continue to make steady progress as we work towards a moreprosperous society. The political foundation is solid.


We have built a vibrant, fully functional Constitutional democracy.  

 

We have well-established institutions that support democracy andprotect the rights of our citizens, such as the Officeof the Public Protector, the South African Human Rights Commission, the Officeof the Auditor General, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of theRights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities and the GenderCommission. 

 

Without fail, national general elections are held every five years to enableSouth Africans to choose a government of their choice, run by our efficientIndependent Electoral Commission.  

We have a Parliament that is vibrant and holds the executiveaccountable.


We have an independent judiciary which is a trusted final arbiter inall disputes in our society. We have a media whose freedom is enshrined in theConstitution.

 

On basic services, we are also making progress. More than 400 000 additional people were served with basic water supplylast year. About 81% of the country is electrified as compared to 63% inthe year 2000.


The crime statistics show adecrease in most crimes, particularly armed robberies, housebreakingsand business robberies as well as contact crimes, for example, the murder rate declined by 8, 6 percent in the past year.

 

We are making a difference in education, as evidenced bythe significant increase in the matric pass rate last year, and the interestdisplayed by the youth in education around the country.

 

Honourable Members,

 

Close to 15 million South Africans obtain social grants from theState. We will phase in the extension of the Child Support Grant to covereligible children under the age of 18 years.


Since we are building a developmental and not a welfare state, thesocial grants will be linked to economic activity and community development, toenable short-term beneficiaries to become self-supporting in the long run.

 

Honourable Members,

 

We are pleased with the performance of our financial sector.


It has proven to be remarkably resilient in the face of the recentfinancial crisis and the global economic meltdown.

 

The Budget deficit is set to decline from the current 6.7% to between 3and 4% by 2013.  

 

Concerns about the exchange rate have been taken to heart.

 

Exchange control reforms that were announced in the Medium Term BudgetPolicy statement last year are being implemented. Further information will beprovided by the Minister of Finance in the Budget Speech.

 

The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup was undoubtedly the most excitingproject in 2010.

 

On the international front, we are greatly honoured to join the Brazil-Russia-India-China-SouthAfrica forum. It is an important bloc of emerging economies. We look forward tothe inaugural meeting of BRICS in April in China.  

 

We have taken up our non-permanent seat in the United Nations SecurityCouncil, which we will use to promote the African agenda as well as peace andsecurity in Africa and the world.

 

We have come a long way. We have achieved a lot, but challenges stillremain.

 

Working together we will achieve much more.

 

BUILDING A MORE PROSPEROUSSOCIETY

Compatriots,

 

While many South Africans celebrate thedelivery of houses, electricity or water, there are yet many others who are stillwaiting.

 

The legacy of decades of apartheidunderdevelopment and colonial oppression cannot be undone in only 17 years.

 

But we are forging ahead, determined toachieve our mission of building a better life for all.

 

And we are doing so with the help of ourpeople. We appreciate the feedback they continue to give us.

 

Bongokuhle Miya wrote on the Presidency Facebook page that his hometown Umzimkhuluis in an appalling condition, with burst sewerage pipes everywhere, no drainagesystem and domestic animals that are roaming around town.

 

He writes: “If the Government, which is doing very well, could just pay much moreattention, with a bit of urgency to such areas”.


Indeed, we agree service delivery shouldmove faster.

 

Our interactive government also obtainsinformation from direct contact with our people.

 

In the past year we have visited many villages,townships and suburbs. Their message is consistent.

 

They appreciate progress made, requestfaster delivery and state their commitment to work with government to achievemore.

 

Given the work that must still be done, wedecided in 2009 to focus on five priorities. These are education, health, ruraldevelopment and agrarian reform, taking forward the fight against crime andcreating decent work. 

 

We have done well on these priorities.

 

However, we are concerned that unemployment and poverty persist despitethe economic growth experienced in the past 10 years.

 

To address these concerns, we have declared 2011 a year of job creationthrough meaningful economic transformation and inclusive growth.

We have introduced a New Growth Path that will guide our work inachieving these goals, working within the premise that the creation of decentwork is at the centre of our economic policies.

 

We urge every sector and every business entity, regardless of size, tofocus on job creation. Every contribution counts in this national effort. 

 

I will provide just a broad outline of our programme of action in thisaddress.

 

Ministers will announce their jobs targets and more specific detailsper sector, in their forthcoming Budget Vote Speeches.

 

All government departments will align their programmes with the jobcreation imperative. The provincial and local government spheres have also beenrequested to do the same.

 

The programmes of State Owned Enterprises and development financeinstitutions should also be more strongly aligned to the job creation agenda.

 

Honourable Members,

 

Research has indicated that we can create jobs in six priority areas.These are infrastructure development, agriculture, mining and beneficiation,manufacturing, the green economy and tourism.  

 

We cannot create these jobs alone. We have to work with business,labour and the community constituencies. 


Experience shows that we succeed when we work together.

 

One key example is the work done by the Presidential  Response Frameworkto the International Economic Crisis team, comprising government, business, labourand community sectors.

 

Amongst the key achievements of the team, South Africaintroduced its first ever training layoff scheme to provide alternatives toretrenchments. 

 

Another intervention included financial support for firmsin distress, which saved about seven thousand jobs. We thank the team for theirsterling work, and look forward to ongoing collaboration.

 

While looking to the privatesector in particular to help us create most of the jobs, government will certainlyplay its part.

 

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a jobs fund of 9billion rand over the next three years to finance new job-creation initiatives.

In addition, the Industrial Development Corporation has set aside R10 billion over the next five years for investment in sucheconomic activities with a high jobs potential.

 

It is also my pleasureHonourable Members, to announce R20 billion in tax allowances ortax breaks to promote investments, expansions and upgrades in the manufacturingsector.  

 

For aproject to qualify, the minimum investment must be R200 million for newprojects, and R30 million for expansion and upgrades.

 

The programme will providean allowance of up to R900 million in tax deductible allowances rand for newinvestors and R550 million for upgrades and expansions.

 

Compatriots,

 

The small business sector is a criticalcomponent of the job creation drive.

 

We will continue to provide financial andnon-financial support to small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs), smallscale agriculture as well as cooperatives.

 

We need to cut administrativecosts, avoid duplication and direct more resources to small business. 


We are therefore consideringmerging the three agencies Khula, the SA Micro-Finance Apex Fund and the IDC’ssmall business funding into a single unit.


The campaign to pay SMMEs on time, within 30days, is proceeding well.

 

The Department of Trade and Industry paymenthotline received about 20 000 calls in the last financial year, and the valueof payments facilitated was R210million.

 

Other departments have launched their owninitiatives, for example the Re Ya Patala (We Pay)initiative of the Department of Public Works.

 

We are continuing with legislative reformsto make it easier to register businesses and also to strengthen the CompetitionAct to open the market to new participants.

 

HonourableMembers,

 

The mineralwealth of our country is a national asset and a common heritage that belongs toall South Africans, with the State as the custodian.

South Africa has significant mining assets,currently valued at 2.5 trillion US dollars.

By 2009, the mining industrycontributed more than thirty percent to the country’s total export revenue, andemployed 2.9% of the country’s economically active population.


Estimates suggest that our mineral resourcesare expected to be exploitable for over a century to come.


To take advantage of that potential, governmenthas endorsed theAfrican Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation as the State Owned MiningCompany, that will undertake the mining of minerals of strategic significance.

 

One of government’s priorities this year is alsoto finalise and adopt the beneficiation strategy as the official policy ofgovernment, so that we can start reaping the full benefits of our commodities.

Compatriots,

 

In communications, we havecommitted to convert our television and radio signals from the analogueplatform to the more advanced digital signal which will enable quality picturesand sound.

 

Jobs will be created in manufacturing,packaging, distribution and installation during this period. 

 

Honourable Speaker and National Chairperson,

We arepleased with the success of our tourism sector,especially given that sixteen tourists create one job in our country.

 

More than7, 3 million tourists arrived in South Africa last year, as compared to about6.3 million in 2009. For further growth, wewill strengthen existing markets while exploring the emerging economies.

 

Our country also continues to be a popular destination forinternational gatherings.  

 

In July, we will host a high level sports gathering in Durban, the 123rdInternational Olympic Committee General Assembly Session.

 

We thank the IOC for the opportunity to host this importantcongress.

 

We havealready secured ninety five meetings and conferences between 2010 and 2016.  

 

To further boost our tourism potential, we will amongst other measures,look into flexible visa requirements, improved landing slots at foreignairports as well as improved tourism infrastructure. 

 

Linked to tourism, we will continue to develop the culturalindustries sector, which contributes about R2 billion to the Gross DomesticProduct. 

 

We have also seen the value of events such as the Cape TownInternational Jazz Festival which, contributed more than R475 million to theeconomy of Cape Town and created 2 000 jobs in 2010.  

 

We also wish to extend a special mention to the popular Cape MinstrelsCarnival, which brightens up this city every year on the 2nd ofJanuary, celebrating the freeing of slaves.

 

Honourable Members,

Our infrastructure development programme enablesus to expand access to basic services and to improve the quality of life.  

 

This includes projects for the provision ofwater, electricity and housing.

 

Energy security is critical for economicdevelopment and job creation.  Toensure the security of electricity supply for the country, Eskom has investedmore than R75 billion, mainly on the new stations Medupi, Kusile and Ingula, as well as the return to serviceand transmission of other projects.

 

We must all save energy so that we do not haveto resort to load shedding again as a saving measure.

 

This year we will start procuring power from Renewable Energy PowerProducers, which will demonstrate our commitment to renewable energy.

 

Honourable Members,

 

The construction industry is a known driverfor work opportunities. There are 1.2 million households living in the country’s2 700 informal settlements.

 

By the year 2014, 400 000 of thesaid households should have security of tenure and access to basicservices. 

We will also improve thedelivery of rental accommodation as some people coming to urban areas do notintend to settle permanently. 

This should be welcome news to citizens suchas Portia Busisiwe Mrwetyana who wrote on our Facebook page about inequalities in Bekkersdal, where an informalsettlement which has no services, lies alongside a suburb across the road withall amenities.

 

She asks: “What I wanna know is why treat us differently, but we give you thesame vote, WHY?”.

Government will spend R2,6billion on water services this year. Among the priority areas are the provincesof Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape where there are still highnumbers of people without safe drinking water.

 

We noted the requests from many contributors to this address, forgovernment to fix potholes.  

Our Expanded Public Works Programme aims to create 4, 5 million workopportunities, and more than a million opportunities have been created alreadysince the beginning of Phase 2.  Partof the programme focuses on repairing our roads networks.

 

Abantu abaningi bakithi bathola ukusizakala kakhulu ngaloluhlelolwamatoho emisebenzi kahulumeni. 

Kutholakala amatoho okulungisa imigwaqo, ezemidlalo, ukufundisa abadalaukufunda nokubhala, ukugcina imigqwaqo ihlanzekile.  

 

Uhlelo lokulungisa imigwaqo, olubizwa nge-Zibambele,seluzosatshalaliswa izwe lonke kulonyaka luvule amathuba emisebenzi.

 

We will develop infrastructure that will boost our agricultural sector,while also helping to create jobs.

 

Water reservoirs, windmills and irrigation schemes will berehabilitated. Crops, livestock as well as grazing will be protected with theinstallation of fences.  

 

These projects will enhance food security and create work opportunitiesfor many, especially women in rural areas.

 

To enhance our innovation inscience and technology and create jobs, we are bidding to host the SquareKilometre Array radio telescope.

 

The bid has already provided 800construction job opportunities in the Northern Cape and will create a further100 jobs this year.

 

 

Our job creation driveshould also enhance youth development.

 

The NationalYouth Development agency is in discussion withstate organs and the private sector to mainstream youth development in publicsector programmes and to promote youth enterprises and cooperatives.

 

Compatriots,

We believe that the interventions we have mentioned briefly will takeus forward in placing job creation high on the agenda of all decision makers inthe country. 

 

Seven Ministers met with our social partners on Tuesday to discuss thispartnership and we remain optimistic that we are poised for success.

 

Honourable Speaker and Honourable Chairperson,

 

Parallel to the job creation incentives, we will also undertake policyreforms related to improving the lives of our workers.

 

Government, with its social partners, is reviewing legislation on labourbrokers and the policy framework for the provision of public employmentservices.

 

This will enable government to maintain a database of job seekers andjob opportunities.

 

The Government Position Paper on Social Security Reform is expected tobe released this year for discussion.


Issues to be dealt with include the funding and nature of the NationalSocial Security Fund, how the private sector occupational and retirement fundswill fit into the entire system, and the possible regulatory structure.

 

Government must fill all funded vacant posts.  The performance monitoring and evaluation department willprovide a report within six months.

 

Honourable Speaker and Honourable Chairperson,

 

Indeed, we have come a long way since 1994. We have achieved a lot, butmuch more still needs to be done, and working together as South Africans, wewill achieve much more!

 

Please allow me to now tackle the other four priorities as well as otherprogrammes.

 

The focus in basic education this year is Triple T: Teachers, Textbooksand Time. We reiterate our call that teachers must be at school, in class, ontime, teaching for at least seven hours a day.

 

The administration must ensure that every child has a textbook on time,and that we assist our teachers to create the right working environment forquality teaching to take place.

To track progress, this year, we began the annualnational assessments in literacy and numeracy that are internationallybenchmarked, for grades 3, 6 and 9. 

Wewill continue investing in teacher training, especially in mathematics andscience.  

Wewill pay special attention to the training of principals, particularly those inunderperforming schools.

The focus of higher education will be to expand access especially forchildren of the poor.

This includes the conversion of loansinto bursaries for qualifying final year students.

Studentsin Further Education and Training Colleges who qualify for financial aid willbe exempted from paying fees. 

 

We urge state owned enterprisesto play a key role in skills development and help us provide the technicalskills needed by the economy.  

Denel, Eskom, SAA and Transnet have supported the training of more than6 000 learners in technical and engineering-related scarce and critical skills.

 

Fellow South Africans,

 

We are continuing to improve the capacity and effectiveness of the police in particular thedetective services, forensic analysts and crime intelligence.

 

We have increased visiblepolicing and patrols in identified hotspots. We are making visibleprogress in reducing the proliferationof illegal and legal firearms.

 

Our courts continue to function better, and the backlog reductionprogrammes at district and regional levels are proceeding well.

 

We will continue to prioritise crimes against women and children, andto provide support through the Thuthuzela Care Centres.

 

We will work with communities and other keystakeholders to deal with drug peddling and drug abuse which are tearing somecommunities apart.

My visit to a drug rehabilitation centre inMitchells Plain on Tuesday convinced me that we need more energy in the fightagainst drug abuse and drug peddling in our communities.

I have directed our police force to dealdecisively with people who sell drugs to children in Cape Town and other areas. We will also not tolerate tavern owners who sell alcohol to children.

The fight against corruptionalso continues.

A Special Anti-Corruption Unithas been established in the Department of Public Service and Administration tohandle corruption-related disciplinary cases involving public servants.

Progress is being made in manyongoing investigations.

About R44 million has beenrecovered from public servants who are illegally benefiting from housingsubsidies, while the cleaning of the social grants system of fraud is also continuing.

We have directed the SpecialInvestigating Unit to probe alleged maladministration or corruption in variousgovernment departments, municipalities and institutions.

 

While not pre-judging theinvestigations, they prove our resolve to combat corruption at all levels ofGovernment and the public service.

 

The Multi-Agency Working Group on procurement ledby National Treasury, SARS and the Financial Intelligence Centre is reviewingthe entire state procurement system to ensure better value for money from statespending.

 

In thehealth sector, this year we will emphasise the appointment of appropriate andqualified personnel to the right positions.

 

We need qualifiedheads of department, chief financial officers, hospital chief executiveofficers, district health officers and clinic managers.  

 

We planto revitalise 105 nursing colleges countrywide, to train more nurses. 

 

We are also planning to open a medical faculty at the LimpopoAcademic Hospital to train more doctors.

 

Therenovations and refurbishments of hospitals and clinics will continue.  

 

Givenour emphasis on women’s health, we will broaden the scope of reproductivehealth rights and provide services related to amongst others, contraception,sexually transmitted infections, teenage pregnancy and sanitary towels for theindigent.  

 

On thefight against HIV and AIDS, we have revitalised our programmes and promotevarious prevention measures including medical male circumcision, prevention ofmother to child transmission and the promotion of HIV testing.

 

Thetesting has been popularly taken up around the country. Just over 5 million HIVtests have been done since the launch of the testing campaign in April lastyear.

 

Over the past year, work has continued to develop the National HealthInsurance policy and implementation plan. Government will soon be releasing the policy document for publicengagement.

 

Honourable Speaker and Honourable Chairperson of the NCOP,           

 

Wewill continue with the Comprehensive Rural DevelopmentProgramme directed at reviving land reform projects and irrigation schemes in the formerhomelands as well as distressed farms owned by individuals.  

 

Government has developed the National Rural Youth Service Corps programmeto assist youth in rural areas. To date, more than 7 000 young peoplehave been employed in the programme.

 

Somlomo nosihlaloabahloniphekileyo,

 

Uhulumeni useshayeumthetho ovuselela ibhange lasePosini, phecelezi iPostBank, elizosizaabasemakhaya ukonga imali, kanye nokuboleka imali yokwakha amabhizinisiamancane.

 

Siyabakhuthazaukuthi balisebenzise kutholakale intuthuko.

 

Building a responsive, accountable, effective andefficient local government system

 

Honourable Members,

 

Thecountry will hold the fourth local government elections before the end of May.   

There have been lots ofcomplaints over the past few months about local government.

 

The frustrations in some areas resultedin protests which indicated the problems that existed in this sphere.

 

We have to make people’sexperience of local government a pleasant one, as it touches their homes andtheir lives directly, every day.

 

Some municipalities arefunctioning very well, and  somecouncillors are also performing their duties as well as they should.

 

We have instituted a turnaroundstrategy for local government, focusing on, amongst others, the strengtheningof basic administrative systems, financial management and customer care.   

 

The preparations for local government elections are on course. 

 

The registration that took place last weekend went well, and wecongratulate those who have registered. We urge those without identitydocuments to apply without delay, so as not to miss the next registration periodnext month.

 

Following the launch of the National Population Registration Campaignin Libode, in the Eastern Cape last year, more than 700 000 first timeidentity documents were issued, indicating great enthusiasm by our people tohave this crucial document.

 

As we prepare for elections, we also note that our country has beenstruck by devastating floods in recent weeks, and many families have been affected.

 

We extend heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost theirlives. Our hearts also go out to those who were injured and who lost all theirbelongings. 

 

Fellow South Africans,

 

Let me use this opportunity to announce that Government has set aside R800million for immediate relief to assist communities.

 

We will also be earmarking funding to deal with post disaster recoveryand reconstruction in the years ahead. 

 

We thank relief agencies, non-governmental organisations, privatesector, religious organisations and communities for assisting those inneed. 

 

Buildinga better Africa and a better world

 

The African agenda remains ourkey policy focus.

 

South Africa is serving a two year term onthe African Union Peace and Security Council.

 

The country will chair the SADC Organ onPolitics, Defence and Security from August.  

 

In this role, we will continue to engage theparties in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe andthe development of a roadmap to elections.

 

We will also promote the resolution of theMalagasy conflict. We will monitor and assist where possible to ensure that thepolitical and security situation in the DRC is conducive to elections.  

 

We are also honoured to participate infinding solutions to the situation in Cote d’Ivoire, as a member of the AfricanUnion High Level Panel chosen to help resolve the challenges in that country.

 

We applaud the work of the South African National Defence Force, whichhas on average deployed over 2 000 military personnel in peacekeepingoperations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Sudan and the CentralAfrican Republic. 

 

We will continue to participate in the revitalisation of the NewPartnership for Africa’s Development with specific focus on the implementationof its infrastructure programme, of which we champion the North-Southinfrastructure development corridor.

 

South Africa has taken note of the unfoldingdevelopments in Egypt as well as the earlier events in Tunisia.

 

We continue to monitor the situation closely,including its implications for the Middle East and North Africa.

 

We firmly believe that the course and thecontent of the transition as well as the destiny that these sister countrieschoose, should be authored by them.

 

In this regard, South Africa lends its supportto efforts aimed at introducing and implementing political reforms that willensure a smooth and peaceful transition in Tunisia and Egypt.

 

We trust that nothing will derail therealization of the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a secureindependent state, existing side by side and in peace with the Israeli state.

 

South Africa reiterates its call to theinternational community to encourage the parties to continue the search for adurable solution in the Middle East.    

 

We extend our heartiest congratulations to the people of the Sudan fora successful referendum, and welcome the new state of Southern Sudan.

 

This is a key African success story.  We congratulate the African Union and the United Nations forthe skilful handling of this project.

 

On the broader international front, we lookforward to hosting the fifth India-Brazil-South Africa Summit, this year.

 

At the G20 Forum, we will continue to argue for a more equitable worldeconomic order.

 

Building a national democraticand cohesive society

 

Compatriots,

 

The experience of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup taught us the need toappreciate all that is good about our country.

The South African flag became the most important item for everyhousehold.

 

Government will build on this by ensuring the placing of flags inschools and public institutions to promote our national symbols and identity.

 

We urge all our people to learn the national anthem and sing itproperly, with pride.   

 

We will launch a programme celebrating National Icons and promote aNational Heritage Route, to honour individuals who have made an enormouscontribution to the liberation of our country.

 

Honourable Members,

 

We have seen the power of sport as a unifying and nation building toolin our country.

 

All of us must support the Proteas who will soon be playing in the 2011ICC World Cup, and the Springboks who will travel to New Zealand to defend our2007 Rugby World Cup Title.

 

We also wish the national netball team well when they compete in theNetball World Cup in July. We will be fully behind them.

 

Let me take this opportunity to salute one of our finest cricketers, MakhayaNtini who is our special guest this evening. He has made an enormouscontribution to local and international cricket.

 

South Africa will have its third post-apartheid census in October thisyear.  We thank Mr Makhaya Ntinifor agreeing to become an ambassador of this important campaign.  

 

Honourable Speaker andHonourable Chairperson,

 

We remain committed to building aperformance-orientated State.

 

Our performance monitoring andevaluation department will coordinate and monitor the work of governmentdepartments closely, as they mainstream job creation.

 

We welcome the undertaking byParliament to also monitor the adherence to the call to prioritise job creationby government.

 

Compatriots,

 

Our goal is clear. We want to have a country where millions more SouthAfricans have decent employment opportunities, which has a moderninfrastructure and a vibrant economy and where the quality of life is high.

 

We all have a responsibility to workhard to make this a reality.

 

Everyone must think of how they cancontribute to the jobs campaign through creating opportunities for themselvesand others.

 

In doing so, we should drawinspiration from our beloved President Mandela in his inauguration address in1994, reminding us of the need to work together.

 

He said:

“We understand it still, that there is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well, that none of us acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people, for nationalreconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Let there be justice for all.

Let there be peace for all.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have beenfreed to fulfill themselves”.

I thank you.