Like the President, Jacob Zuma who has already issued an assuring message for the year 2017, the executive leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane says he hopes the new year will usher in positive change for South African every citizen.
Speaking on Saturday ahead of the new year celebration, the DA leader says his party hopes that 2017 would bring with it positive change “that will contribute to personal and societal advancement”.
He also said he looks forward to seeing South Africans get more committed to working together towards “building a nation with an inclusive economy that guarantees job creation for the 9 million jobless people and those who join the ranks of job-seekers following the release of matric and Higher Education results”.
“We call upon students and Higher Education institutions to work together in order to ensure a peaceful registration period at the country’s campuses.” says Mmusi Maimane.
The leader also recalled how the bitter-sweet 2016 made it vital for all to reflect on it so that “we do not repeat the same mistakes while working to find better solutions to our problems as a country”.
2017 comes with an opportunity to start afresh by recommitting to economic advancement, the rule of law, accountability, constitutionalism and ubuntu, says Maimane who added that the country should continue its programme of reconciliation and building a country that was united in its diversity.
“The past year saw too many instances of racial discrimination and negative mobilisation,” he said as he calls on South Africans to be responsible in their new year’s celebrations.
Maimane’s address ahead of the new year, comes after the President, Jacob Zuma issued his new year message stressing that economic transformation and nation building would be the key focus of 2017.
Zuma congratulated the country for a successful 2016 and added that his government made good progress in extending services such as housing‚ water‚ electricity‚ education‚ health care‚ roads and fighting hunger to citizens.
Both the DA leader, Mmusi Maimane and President Jacob Zuma believe that 2017 will mark a new beginning for the nation’s economy, especially for the rand which has suffered set backs all through the year.
Zuma also said next year the government will prioritise transforming the economy and building the nation. He added that in 2017 job creation would remain a high priority for the country.
“The collaboration between business‚ labour and government to support the economy‚ which is one of the key achievements of the year 2016‚ must continue in the new year‚” he said.
“Importantly‚ together we must take the economic transformation programme forward. We need to change the commanding heights of the economy and increase the participation of black people as owners and managers.”
“Nation-building and promoting social cohesion will need to elevate in 2017. One of the key tasks in this regard should be a heightened fight against racism.” Zuma said,adding that all institutions and businesses must promote inclusion and non-racialism. Nobody must be excluded on the basis of colour or race‚ through subtle and unconstitutional means.