As we delightfully await the new year, there are some annoying things South Africans wouldn’t want to experience in 2016. For instance, we wouldn’t want any outrageous spending as in Nkandla, we wouldn’t want our students to protest because of the huge school fees, we wouldn’t want anybody to blame apartheid and stir the race issues when government policies are failing, we don’t what the president to laugh at us when we are waiting on him to explain what’s up with South Africa, we don’t want another Dudu trouble, no competent minster should be removed recklessly from office like Nene, Zuma mustn’t say ANC comes first before South Africa, and the president must refrain from all geographical talks. We don’t want him to say all the continent can fit into Africa again.
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But then, your opinion about the state of the nation is irrelevant for as long as Zuma is the president, everything is almost alright and things improved in South Africa this year. As such the president is calling on everyone to work harder in 2016 so as to make the country a better one for all. The president highlighted some of the notable achievements of 2015 to include increase in grant recipients, improving health care, increase in life expectancy and education.
Thanking South Africans for their contribution in building the country, he wished all citizen a happy and successful new year stating that the next “goal is to build a South Africa where economic opportunities increase for all and not just a few, and where inequality, poverty and unemployment become a thing of the past.”
“Each passing year,” the president said, “our country moves forward, towards a better life for all, against many odds. We worked harder again this year.” But added that more are to be accomplished in the new year as there are still challenges to be faced.
He further explained that the things to accomplish are related to economic transformation, improvement of state-owned companies and jobs for graduates and young people. To the president, 2016 is another opportunity to explore the opportunities in sectors like agriculture, mining, energy, and to grow the potentials of small business, develop the country’s ocean economy, improve transportation, telecommunications, water and sanitation.
While the president urged South Africans to exercise their franchise by registering to vote in the local government elections next year, he pointed out that South Africa is a beautiful country blessed with good and great people.
Thus, he called on everyone to “remember that we all share the responsibility of building our country. Let us highlight our achievements more in 2016, and then work together to fix what still needs attention. I wish all citizens a happy and successful new year,” he said.