14 Febuary 2013
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 and Mrs Mbeki,
Former President De Klerk and Mrs De Klerk,
Former Deputy Presidents Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Baleka Mbete,
Honourable Chief Justice of the Republic, and all esteemed members of the
Honourable Peeroo, Chairperson of the SADC Parliamentary Forum,
Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
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 Chapter 9 Institutions;
The Governor of the Reserve Bank; Ms Gill Marcus,
The Deputy Chairperson of the National Planning Commission and Deputy President
of the ANC, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and all ANC Officials,
Leaders from business, sports, traditional, religious and all sectors,
Members of the diplomatic corps, Special and distinguished guests,
Fellow South Africans,
Good evening to you all, sanibonani nonke, molweni, dumelang.
Let me thank the Presiding Officers for
affording me this opportunity to share our 2013 programme of action with the
joint sitting of Parliament.
We greet all who are watching this broadcast
from their homes and at GCIS viewing centres around the country, including
those in Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Gugulethu here in Cape
Let me also extend my gratitude to all who
contributed to the preparation of this address. I received several messages via
email, twitter and Facebook.
I also spent some time with Grade 12 learners
who shared their own views on what should be contained in the speech. I found
the inputs very informative and enriching.
Compatriots and friends,
On the 15th of August last year, the National Planning Commission handed over
the National Development Plan, the vision of the country for the next 20 years,
to the President in this august house.
The NDP contains proposals for tackling the
problems of poverty, inequality and unemployment.
It is a roadmap to a South
Africa where all will have water,
electricity, sanitation, jobs, housing, public transport, adequate nutrition,
education, social protection, quality healthcare, recreation and a clean
The achievement of these goals has proven to be
difficult in the recent past, due the global economic recession.
The crisis in the Eurozone affects our economy
as the Eurozone is our major trading partner, accounting for around 21 per cent
of our exports.
Our GDP growth is expected to average at 2.5%
cent, down from 3.1% in the previous year. We need growth rates in excess of
five per cent to create more jobs.
The National Development Plan outlines
interventions that can put the economy on a better footing. The target for job
creation is set at 11 million by 2030 and the economy needs to grow threefold
to create the desired jobs.
In my last meeting with the business community,
the sector indicated that for the economy to grow three-fold, we must remove
We will engage business, labour and other social
partners in pursuit of solutions. No single force acting individually can
achieve the objectives we have set for ourselves.
I would now like to report on progress made since the last State of the Nation
Address and also to discuss our programme of action for 2013.
I will look at the five priorities – education,
health, the fight against crime, creating decent work as well as rural
development and land reform.
Last year, I addressed the nation on
government’s infrastructure plans.
By the end of March this year, starting from
2009, government will have spent about 860 billion rand on infrastructure.
Various projects are being implemented around the country. I will discuss just
The construction of the first phase of the
Mokolo and Crocodile River Water Augmentation has commenced and it will provide
part of the water required for the Matimba and the Medupi power stations.
The construction of the bulk water distribution
system for the De Hoop Dam began in October 2012, to supply water to the
Greater Sekhukhune, Waterberg and Capricorn district municipalities.
We have to shift the transportation of coal from
road to rail in Mpumalanga, in
order to protect the provincial roads. Thus the construction of the Majuba Rail
coal line will begin soon.
We have also committed to improve the movement
of goods and economic integration through a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics
and industrial corridor.
In this regard, substantial work is now underway
to develop the City Deep inland terminal in Gauteng.
Initial work has commenced in the expansion of
the Pier 2 in the Durban Port.
And thirdly, land has been purchased for the
development of a new dug-out port at the Old Durban airport.
In the Eastern
Cape, I officially opened the port of Ngqura and
construction is now underway to develop a major new transhipment hub.
The Umzimvubu Dam is critical for rural
livelihoods. Preparatory work has commenced for the construction to begin next
The upgrading of Mthatha airport runway and
terminal and the construction of the Nkosi
Dalibhunga Mandela Legacy Road and
Bridge are currently underway.
I have asked for work in the North
West to be fast-tracked further in light of the
huge backlogs in that province, especially electricity, schools, clinics, roads
and water in the next two years.
To improve the transportation of iron-ore and
open up the west coast of the country, we have expanded the rail capacity
through the delivery of 11 locomotives.
The first phase of the expansion – to increase
iron ore port capacity at Saldanha to 60 million tons per annum – was
officially completed in September last year.
Construction work is taking place in five cities
– Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay,
Rustenburg, eThekwini, Tshwane to integrate the different modes of transport –
bus, taxi and train.
In the energy sector, we have now laid 675
kilometres of electricity transmission lines to connect fast-growing economic centres
and also to bring power to rural areas.
In addition, government signed contracts to the
value of R47 billion in the renewable energy programme.
This involves 28 projects in wind, solar and
small hydro technologies, to be developed in the Eastern
Cape and in the Free
We established an 800 million rand national
green fund last year. To date, over 400 million rand investments in green
economy projects has already been approved for municipalities, other organs of
state, community organisations and the private sector across all provinces.
We have also rolled out 315 000 solar water
geysers as of January this year, most of which were given to poor households,
many of whom had never had running hot water before.
We have scored successes in extending basic
services through the infrastructure programme. Close to 200 000 households have
been connected to the national electricity grid in 2012.
You will also recall that Census 2011 outlined
the successes in extending basic services. The report said the number of
households with access to electricity is now at 12.1 million, which translates
to 85%. Nine out of 10 households have access to water.
To prepare for the advanced economy we need to
develop, we will expand the broadband network.
Last year, the private and public sector laid
about 7000 new fibre optic cables. The plan is to achieve 100% broadband
internet penetration by 2020.
With regard to social infrastructure, a total of
98 new schools will have been built by the end of March, of which more than 40
are in the Eastern Cape that are replacing mud schools.
Construction is expected to begin in September
at the sites of two new universities in the Northern
Cape and Mpumalanga.
Last week, we published an Infrastructure
Development Bill for public comment.
We are cracking down on corruption, tender fraud
and price fixing in the infrastructure programme.
The state has collected a substantial dossier of
information on improper conduct by large construction companies.
This is now the subject of formal processes of
the competition commission and other law enforcement authorities.
The infrastructure development programme has
been a valuable source of learning for government. In the year ahead, we will
fast-track many of the projects that the PICC has announced.
The lessons are that we must coordinate,
integrate and focus on implementation.
The past two years have demonstrated that where the state intervenes strongly
and consistently, it can turn around key industries that face external or
internal threats as has happened in our manufacturing sector.
We have seen the revitalization of train and bus
production in South Africa,
largely because of the drive for local procurement.
PRASA and Transnet have committed hundreds of
billions of rands to improving our commuter and freight train network.
The clothing, textiles and footwear industry has
stabilised after 15 years of steadily falling employment. A clothing support
scheme provides broad financial support, saving a number of factories and jobs.
On broader economic transformation, revised
Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act and codes are being finalised. The
development of black owned enterprises and black industrialists will be
Government has several programmes of supporting
small business. A key project for the Presidency currently is to get government
departments to pay SMMEs within 30 days.
Departments are required to submit monthly reports so that we can monitor
progress in this regard.
We have taken a decision that accounting officers who fail to execute this
directive, should face consequences.
In the 2010 State of the Nation Address, I announced the Job fund, and three
billion rand has been approved for projects that will create jobs.
Just over a third of the population is under the age of 15. Our country, like
many others, has a crisis of youth unemployment.
Last May I asked constituencies at NEDLAC to discuss youth employment
incentives. I am pleased that discussions have been concluded and that
agreement has been reached on key principles. The parties will sign the Accord
later this month.
The incentives will add to what Government is
already doing to empower the youth.
State owned companies provide apprenticeships and learnerships and we urge that
these be increased. We appeal to the private sector to absorb 11 000 FET
graduates who are awaiting placements.
The Department of Rural Development and Land
Reform runs the National Rural Youth Services Corps, which has enrolled 11 740
young people in various training programmes.
The Department is also planning nine Rural Youth
Hubs per province, including in the 23 poorest districts in the country.
We will also use the Expanded Public Works
Programme and the Community Work programme to absorb young people.
Working together we will find a solution to
We identified tourism as one of our job drivers.
Tourist arrivals grew at an impressive 10.7
percent between January and September 2012, which is higher than the global
average of 4% for last year.
Ironically, the very success of South
Africa’s national conservation effort
resulting in over 73% of the worlds’ rhino population being conserved here, has
resulted in our country being targeted by international poaching syndicates.
We are working with recipient and transit
countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and China and
are intensifying our efforts to combat this increasing scourge.
Mining, which is historically the backbone of
the economy, has faced difficulties in recent months.
Last year the sector was hit by wild cat strikes
and the tragedy in Marikana where more than 44 people were killed.
We established an Inter-Ministerial Committee
made up of senior cabinet Ministers to assist families during that difficult
period. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry led by Judge Ian Farlam continues
Through working together we were able to restore
social stability in the area.
Government, labour in the form of COSATU, NACTU
and FEDUSA, Business Unity SA, Black Business Council and the community sector
met in October and reached an agreement which laid the basis for a return to
work across the mining industry.
In particular, we agreed to work together to
strengthen collective bargaining; to address the housing problems in the mining
towns; to support the National infrastructure Programme; to address youth
unemployment; and to identify measures to reduce inequalities.
Work is underway and the team will report in due
course with specific plans for Rustenburg, Lephalale, Emalahleni, West
Rand, Welkom, Klerksdorp, Burgersfort/Steelport,
Carletonville and Madibeng.
Two weeks ago, I had a meeting in Pretoria with
Sir John Parker, the chairman of Anglo-American Plc to discuss the reported
plans to restructure and retrench 14 000 workers at Anglo American Platinum.
We believe that at a policy level we have managed to bring about certainty in
the mining sector. The nationalisation debate was laid to rest in December at
the ruling party’s national conference.
Ensuring that the public services we provide our
people today can continue to be provided to our people tomorrow, requires that
we have suitable tax policies to generate sufficient revenue to pay for these
From time to time, we have commissioned studies
into our tax policies, to evaluate the extent to which they meet the
requirements of the fiscus.
Later this year, the Minister of Finance will be
commissioning a study of our current tax policies, to make sure that we have an
appropriate revenue base to support public spending.
Part of this study, will evaluate the current mining royalties regime, with
regard to its ability to suitably serve our people.
In last year’s address we raised the issue of
the gap market, the people who earn too much to qualify for an RDP house and
too little for a bank mortgage bond.
From April 2012 to December 2012, Provincial
Departments committed a budget of 126 million rand of the Human Settlements
Development Grant for this programme, known as the Finance Linked Individual
The money is being used through the National
Housing Finance Corporation, which has been appointed to deliver houses to
people within the Gap market in twelve registered projects.
A total of 70 million rand of this amount has
been used to date.
Projects include Walmer Link in the Eastern
Cape, Lady Selbourne, Nelmapius, Bohlabela
Borwa, Cosmo City and
Fleurhof in Gauteng,
Intabazwe Corridor Housing in the Free
State and Seraleng in North
The implementation of these eight GAP housing
projects is currently underway.
Compatriots and friends,
On education, we are pleased that the Grade 12 pass rate is finally on an
upward trend. We congratulate the Class of 2012, their teachers, parents and
communities for the continued improvement.
We congratulate the top province for 2012, Gauteng and
top grade 12 learner, Miss Madikgetho Komane, from Sekhukhune district, Limpopo, who
is our special guest.
The Annual National Assessments in our schools,
have become a powerful tool of assessing the health of our education system.
We welcome the improvement each year in the ANA
results, but more must be done to improve maths, science and technology.
The Department of Basic Education will establish
a national task team to strengthen the implementation of the Mathematics,
Science and Technology Strategy.
We urge the private sector to partner government
through establishing, adopting or sponsoring maths and science academies or
We are pleased with the growth of our early childhood education programmes,
including Grade R.
We are also pleased with our adult education
programme, Khari Gude, which has reached more than 2,2 million people between
2008 and 2011.
We also continue to encourage people from all
walks never to stop learning. Many were inspired when accomplished musician and
my special guest, Mr Sipho Hotstix Mabuse obtained his matric last year, at the
age of 60.
We declared education as an apex priority in 2009. We want to see everyone in
the country realising that education is an essential service for our nation.
By saying education is an essential service we
are not taking away the Constitutional rights of teachers as workers such as
the right to strike.
It means we want the education sector and
society as a whole to take education more seriously than is happening
All successful societies have one thing in
common – they invested in education. Decent salaries and conditions of service
will play an important role in attracting, motivating and retaining skilled
In this regard, we will establish a Presidential
Remuneration Commission which will investigate the appropriateness of the
remuneration and conditions of service provided by the State to all its
I have directed that the first priority should
The Commission will also assess the return on
In elevating education to its rightful place, we
want to see an improvement in the quality of learning and teaching and the
management of schools. We want to see an improvement in attitudes, posture and
Working with educators, parents, the community
and various stakeholders, we will be able to turn our schools into centres of
Five years ago, South Africa had such a low life expectancy that experts
suggested that by 2015, our life expectancy would have been exactly where it
was in 1955.
It was with good reason that we were delighted
when late last year, studies from the Medical Research Council, the Lancet
medical journal and others began reporting a dramatic increase in life
expectancy from an average baseline of 56 years in 2009 to 60 years in 2011.
These reports also noted significant decreases in infant and under five
Increased life expectancy is a key to the country’s
development. People are returning to work, they are being productive,
economically and socially. The family structure is increasingly stable and
parents live longer and are able to take care of their children.
We should not become complacent, in light of
Given the high co-infection rate between HIV and
TB, we have integrated these services.
Work is also continuing on the research side. South
Africa has discovered a candidate
drug to treat Malaria.
In addition, researchers at the Centre for the
Aids Programme of Research in South
Africa consortium, also discovered
broad neutralising antibodies against HIV.
Deputy President Motlanthe has appointed new
members of the South African National Aids Council Trust. We congratulate the
team, which is led by retired Judge Zac Yacoob, as chairperson.
Diseases of lifestyle are on an alarming
increase. We have to combat and lower the levels of smoking, harmful effects of
alcohol, poor diets and obesity.
In 2014 we will create the National Health Insurance Fund. The Department of
Health will accelerate and intensify progress in the pilot districts.
In that regard, as from April this year, the
first group of approximately 600 private medical practitioners will be
contracted to provide medical services at 533 clinics within villages and
townships in 10 of the pilot districts.
Compatriots and friends,
In June we will mark the centenary of the 1913 Land Act which turned black
people into wanderers, labourers and pariahs in their own land.
Former ANC President Sefako Makgatho outlined as
such in his 1919 ANC conference presidential address.
“The Native Land Act still operates as mercilessly in different parts of the
Union, and as a result many native families are still working for white farmers
only for their food’’.
We are also honoured, in this year of the
anniversary of the 1913 Land Act, to have present among us, Mrs Nomhlangano
Beauty Mkhize, one of the veterans who together with her husband, Saul Mkhize,
led the struggle against forced removals in Driefontein and Daggaskraal, in the
present Mpumalanga Province.
The land question is a highly emotive matter.
We need to resolve it amicably within the
framework of the Constitution and the law.
I received a message on Facebook from Thulani
Zondi who raised his concern about the slow pace of land redistribution. He
said: “Mr President, as we are commemorating 100 years since the Land act of
1913 was introduced to dispossess the African majority.
“I urge you to accelerate redistribution of the land to the landless African
“When we do the redistribution we need to be mindful of food security. Training
and mentorship of emerging black commercial farmers must take place”.
From 1994, we have been addressing the land
reform problem through restitution, redistribution and tenure reform.
As stated before, we will not be able to meet
our redistribution targets.
Government’s mid-term review last year revealed
a number of shortcomings in our land reform implementation programme. We will
use those lessons to improve implementation.
Firstly, we must shorten the time it takes to
finalise a claim. In this regard, Government will now pursue the ‘just and
equitable’ principle for compensation, as set out in the Constitution instead
of the “willing buyer, willing seller” principle, which forces the state to pay
more for land than the actual value.
Secondly there are proposed amendments to the
Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 in order to provide for the re-opening of
the lodgement of restitution claims, by people who missed the deadline of 31 December 1998.
Also to be explored, are exceptions to the June
1913 cut-off date to accommodate claims by the descendants of the Khoi and San
as well as heritage sites and historical landmarks.
Another key lesson is to provide adequate
post-settlement support to new landowners so that land continues to be
We also need to provide better incentives for
commercial farmers that are willing and capable of mentoring smallholder
Another challenge we have faced is the
preference for money instead of land by some claimants, which also does not
help us to change land ownership patterns.
As part of the Presidency stakeholder engagement
programme ahead of the State of the Nation Address, Deputy President Motlanthe
held a meeting with both farmers and farm workers in Paarl on Tuesday.
Stakeholders agreed that there should be peace
and stability in the agriculture sector and that the living and working
conditions of farm workers should be improved urgently.
It is also encouraging that even the farmers called for the fast tracking of
land reform and support to emerging farmers.
We will continue the engagement with both
farmers and farm workers.
Compatriots and friends,
We should also remain mindful of rapid urbanisation that is taking place. The
Census Statistics reveal that 63% of the population are living in urban areas.
This is likely to increase to over 70% by 2030.
Apartheid spatial patterns still persist in our
towns and cities. Municipalities alone cannot deal with the challenges. We need
a national approach.
While rural development remains a priority of
government, it is crucial that we also develop a national integrated urban
development framework to assist municipalities to effectively manage rapid
As part of implementing the National Development
Plan, all three spheres of government need to manage the new wave of
urbanisation in ways that also contribute to rural development.
Improving the status of women remains a critical priority for this government.
The Bill on Gender Equality and Women
Empowerment has been approved by Cabinet for public comment. The Bill
criminalizes practices that have adverse effects on women and girls.
It also legislates the 50/50 policy position
with regard to the representation of women in decision making structures.
The brutal gang rape and murder of Anene Booysen and other women and girls in
recent times has brought into sharp focus the need for unity in action to
eradicate this scourge.
The brutality and cruelty meted out to
defenceless women is unacceptable and has no place in our country. Last year
the National Council on Gender Based Violence was established.
It comprises government, non-governmental
Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, Faith-Based organizations,
academia, research institutions, government, men’s groupings, and
representation from women, children and persons with disabilities.
We urge this coordinating structure to make the
campaign of fighting violence against women an everyday campaign.
We applaud all sectors for the campaigns that
have taken place already, highlighting that such acts will not be tolerated.
I have directed law enforcement agencies to
treat these cases with the utmost urgency and importance. The Family Violence,
Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units, which were re-established in 2010,
have increased personnel.
During the last financial year, the Units
secured over 363 life sentences, with a conviction rate of 73% for crimes
against women above 18 years old and 70% for crimes against children under 18
years of age.
Masibhunkule sisebenze sonke, silwe nalenkinga
esibhekene nayo yabantu abadlwengula omame nezingane, ngisho nezalukazi imbala.
Ihlazo nobunswelaboya obesabekayo lokhu abakwenzayo. Izigilamkhuba kufanele
zibikwe emaphoyiseni ziboshwe.
Government is adding other mechanisms to protect
women, such as the Protection from Harassment Bill. While the Domestic Violence
Act also provides protection, it only applies to persons who are in a domestic
The Protection from Harassment Bill also deals
with harassment by persons who stalk their victims by means of electronic
In addition, the Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill was passed by the
National Assembly last year and is now at the National Council of Provinces.
Once implemented, the law will assist women and children, who are often victims
of this heinous crime.
Compatriots and friends,
There is increased visibility of the police which contributes to the reduction
in the levels of serious crime.
The operations focusing on illegal firearms, stolen and robbed vehicles, liquor
and drugs which are regarded as main generators of crime have assisted in crime
Compatriots and friends,
Government continues to wage a war against corruption.
The capacity of the Special Investigating Unit has grown from an initial 70
staff members to more than 600 at present.
I have since 2009, signed 34 proclamations directing the SIU to investigate
allegations of corruption, fraud or maladministration in various government
departments and state entities.
Criminal Investigations were initiated against 203 accused persons in 67
priority cases under investigation by the end September 2012.
In total, pre-trial proceedings have been initiated against 191 persons. A
total of 66 persons under investigation are alleged to have received R5 million
or more benefits through corruption. Freezing Orders were obtained against 46
In other successes, in the past financial year, 107 officials working within
the criminal justice system were convicted.
The Asset Forfeiture Unit seized assets valued at more than R541 million. A
total of R61 million of these assets have already been forfeited to the State.
The assets are channelled back to fighting crime and corruption through the
Criminal Asset Recovery Account.
Last year, additional funding of R150 million from the Criminal Assets Recovery
Account was approved for the work of the Anti-Corruption Task Team which
comprises the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit and the National
These resources are aimed at strengthening the capacity of these law
enforcement agencies in our resolve to fight corruption.
We urge the private sector to also take this fight against corruption seriously
so that we tackle it from all angles.
To further boost the fight against corruption, we will fill all vacant posts at
the upper echelons of the criminal justice system.
Compatriots and friends,
There are some lessons from Marikana and other incidents that we cannot allow
to recur in our country.
Our Constitution is truly one of our greatest national achievements. Everything
that we do as a government is guided by our Constitution and its vision of the
society we are building.
We call on all citizens to celebrate, promote and defend our Constitution.
Our Bill of Rights guarantees that “everyone has the right, peacefully and
unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions”.
We therefore call on our people to exercise their rights to protest in a
peaceful and orderly manner.
It is unacceptable when people’s rights are violated by perpetrators of violent
actions, such as actions that lead to injury and death of persons, damage to
property and the destruction of valuable public infrastructure.
We are duty bound to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme
law of the Republic. We will spare no effort in doing so.
For this reason, I have instructed the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security
Cluster to put measures in place, with immediate effect, to ensure that any
incidents of violent protest are acted upon, investigated and prosecuted.
Courts will be allocated to deal with such cases on a prioritised roll. The law
must be enforced and it must be seen to be enforced - fairly, effectively and
The citizens of our country have a right to expect that their democratic state
will exercise its authority in defence of the Constitution that so many
struggled so long and hard for. We cannot disappoint this expectation.
The JCPS Cluster has therefore put measures in place at national, provincial
and local level to deal with such incidents effectively.
Let me hasten to add that government departments at all levels must work
closely with communities and ensure that all concerns are attended to before
they escalate. That responsibility remains. We are a caring government.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Organization of
African Unity which has been succeeded by the African Union.
We pay tribute to the OAU for its relentless
struggle for the decolonization of our continent, including contributing to our
We will continue to work for a stronger and more
effective organization of our Union.
The NEPAD programme as well as the African Peer Review Mechanism have just
celebrated their tenth year of existence.
As the convener of the NEPAD Presidential Infrastructure Championing
Initiative, South Africa
continues to work with other champions to implement high impact infrastructure
projects in the continent.
On peace and security, we stand by the people of
their effort to claim and assert the territorial integrity of their country.
We urge the leadership in the Central
Guinea Bissau and Somalia to
continue their march towards lasting peace for the sake of their people. We
remain firmly opposed to unconstitutional change of government.
We are encouraged by the developments between Sudan and South
Sudan. We commend our former President Thabo Mbeki
and other members of the AU High Level Panel for the dedicated manner in which
they have been working with the two sides.
We are in solidarity with the DRC as the country
battles the menace to its security.
Africa will continue supporting Africa's
peace efforts including through mediation, troop contribution for peace
keeping, and by providing material and financial assistance.
In this regard, we look forward to the conclusion
of political dialogues in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Our vision of a better Africa in a
better world will receive great impetus when we host the 5th BRICS Summit next
month in Durban.
We are inspired by the exponential growth of
bilateral relations, diplomatically and economically, between South
Africa and other BRICS countries.
Strengthening North-South relations remains
central to our foreign policy agenda.
We reaffirm our partnership with countries of the North, especially the USA, Europe and Japan.
The UN’s 70th anniversary provides an opportunity to take forward the
transformation of the UN Security Council.
We shall continue to use the G20 to represent
the aspirations of the people of Africa and
push for the transformation of Bretton Woods institutions.
internationalism has a strong element of solidarity to it. We stand with the
people of Palestine as
they strive to turn a new leaf in their struggle for their right to
self-determination; hence we supported their bid for statehood.
The expansion of Israeli settlements into Palestinian territories is a serious
stumbling block to the resolution of the conflict.
The right of self determination for the people of Western
Sahara has to be realised.
We remain firm in our call for the lifting of the economic embargo against Cuba.
Working together we can do more to create a better Africa and a
In the year 2012, we focused on preserving and
promoting our country’s cultural heritage with particular emphasis on our liberation
We also hosted a historic National Summit on Social Cohesion, focusing on
building a socially inclusive, caring and proud nation.
In the implementation of our programme we will work with our Social Cohesion
Advocates; eminent South Africans drawn from a variety of sectors within our
We are proud to have in our midst this evening, two of our eminent social
cohesion advocates, Judge Yvonne Mokgoro and Advocate George Bizos.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Raid on Liliesleaf Farm, the Escape
from Marshall Square as
well as the Start of the Rivonia Trial.
A series of events are being planned throughout the year to mark the three
events, culminating in a national commemoration on the 11th of July.
We have just concluded a highly successful Africa Cup of Nations tournament. We
extend hearty congratulations to the African champions, the Federal Republic of
Nigeria and also to all participating teams for their contribution to
showcasing the standard of African football.
We thank all our people for being excellent hosts and fans.
I had the opportunity to personally thank CAF President Honourable Issa Hayatou
for affording us the honour of hosting the AFCON.
Compatriots and friends,
As I said earlier, this programme of action will be implemented differently as
the activities of departments must be aligned with the National Development
Before concluding, let me take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt
condolences to the family of struggle stalwart and prominent human rights
lawyer, Comrade Phyllis Naidoo who passed on today.
Only recently, we lost Comrade Amina Cachalia.
We are truly saddened by the loss.
As South Africans, we should continue to have one primary goal - to make our
country a truly great and prosperous nation.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
I thank you.
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