5 Key Points From SONA 2017
President Jacob Zuma presented what is believed to be his final State of the nation address as president of the ANC last night.
Here are some key points from his speech.
Government will utilise the Expropriation of Land Act to pursue land reform and land redistribution with greater emphasis and urgency.
The Bill has however been sent back to Parliament for reconsideration following inadequate public participation.
In the meantime the 50/ 50 program will be implemented, this will see farm workers and owners becoming joint owners.
President Zuma raised concern about how the majority of black people are still earning less as compared to their white counterparts.
There needs to be a change in the ownership and management of the economy.
In achieving this goal, the president says new laws have been in put place to ensure big contractors subcontract 30% of black businesses.
He also says small businesses by young people and women will be prioritised.
Government is looking into ways of addressing rising fees making it harder for poor students to complete their studies at universities and TVET colleges.
Funds have been provided to ensure that no student whose combined family income is up to R600 000 per annum will face fee increases.
The National Health Insurance is governments flagship project that is aimed at moving South Africa towards Universal Health Coverage.
The NHI will be implemented in a 14 year period in three phases.
Government will provide support to the families of the 94 mental health patients who died after Gauteng health department moved them to various NGOs.
Energy and Water
Renewable energy forms an important part of governments energy mix, which also includes electricity generation from gas, nuclear, solar, wind, hydro and coal.
Government is committed to the overall Independent Power Producers Programme and we are expanding the programme to other sources of energy including coal and gas, in addition to renewable energy.
In an effort to curb the high water losses which in some municipalities far exceeds the national average which is currently at 37%, about 10 000 unemployed youth are being trained as plumbers, artisans and water agents.
More will be recruited this year to reach the total of fifteen thousand.