Wednesday, June 3, 2009

President Zuma First State Of The Nation Address

Today, 3 June, is the opening of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
The president, Mr Jacob Zuma, is expected to give the state of the nation address in the National Assembly.
South Africans are waiting with baited breath for the president's first state of the nation address in which he is expected to announce a new program of action to address the socio-economic problems facing the nation.
The provision of social services, the fight against crime, health and education are expected to receive serious attention in the address of the new leader of South Africa.
The speech of president Zuma comes at a time when the economic prospects of South Africa have been weakened by the global economic crisis. Officially the economy is in recession. Jobs are being lost across all sectors. The fiscus has suffered as a result of reduced earnings from exports, taxes and trade. The new administration has to balance the needs of the masses against the reducing resources at its disposal.
Let us hope president Zuma will manage this tough balancing act for the benefit of a nation that is expecting so much from him.
I wish him luck.

6 comments:

novisi said...

after the zulu dance yields to the end of the drumming and singing comes bizness!

people's lives depend on it and he must not fail.

we can't be super humans but we must try to do our very best for the good of all. that is what leadership must provide!

Zuma, i love the name though, it's short and yet sounds powerful. bizness time for this man now!

eyes are watching!

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posekyere said...

Indeed!
The business of running the affairs of South Africa must begin with noticeable results.
The presidency of Mr Jacob Zuma in many ways will define the future of South Africa. I really believe that his role is critical in many ways.
15 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa cannot and must not allow herself to get into a stage of socio-economic deceleration. There must be a concerted effort to outgun and outrun the pace set by the former presidents. He must keep the momentum.
It will not be easy but it can be done. The president has my prayers.

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Adaeze said...

How did He do?
I have been so busy lately no chance to stay updated. I did watch Obama's speech yesterday, what did you think of it?
I loved it.

posekyere said...

President Zuma's address was pleasantly substantive.
He pretty much touched on all the points of expectation. It went well with most people here.
Obama as usual was pulsating.
I hope by that speech the entrenched positions in the Middle East will begin to give way to a lasting season of pragmatism and soul-searching.
A peaceful Ireal co-existing with a prosperous Palestine will do a lot of good for all and sundry.