South African president vows to pursue economic transformation

South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday pledged to pursue economic transformation in 2016.

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South African President Jacob Zuma addresses a media briefing after meeting with leaders of organizations representing foreigners in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 24, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday met with leaders of organizations representing foreigners, assuring them of maximum protection. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)
South African President Jacob Zuma addresses a media briefing after meeting with leaders of organizations representing foreigners in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 24, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on Friday met with leaders of organizations representing foreigners, assuring them of maximum protection. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)

“We have to work further in 2016 to achieve broader and more meaningful black economic empowerment and participation in the economy,” Zuma said in his new year message.

South African President Jacob Zuma (Front) responds to parliamentary questions in Cape Town, South Africa, on Nov. 19, 2015. South Africa engages with all the role players in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with concerns over the future of Palestine, President Jacob Zuma said during his responding to a parliamentary question about the signing of an agreement between the leadership of Hamas and South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in October. (Xinhua/Elmond Jiyane)
South African President Jacob Zuma (Front) responds to parliamentary questions in Cape Town, South Africa, on Nov. 19, 2015. South Africa engages with all the role players in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with concerns over the future of Palestine, President Jacob Zuma said during his responding to a parliamentary question about the signing of an agreement between the leadership of Hamas and South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in October. (Xinhua/Elmond Jiyane)
This will ensure long-term economic development as well as unity, healing and reconciliation in the country, he said.

In the short-term, for many of the South African people, including unemployed graduates and all young people, success in 2016 will mean finding jobs, the president said.

“We will continue to focus on the areas we had mentioned in the 2015 State of the Nation Address, in what we called the Nine Point Plan to ignite economic growth and create jobs,” he said, urging labour and business to closely work with the government to create an enabling environment for inclusive growth and job creation.

Opportunities will be further explored in agriculture, mining, small business development, energy, ocean economy, transport, and telecommunications, Zuma said.

For the past year, the president said that millions of children of the poor and the working class received free basic education and nutrition in schools, and more schools were built to improve the learning environment.

Also more elderly people and the poor receive free medical care in government health facilities, Zuma said, adding that South Africans life expectancy is now 62 years of age, an increase of eight percent since 2005. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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