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Youngsters Write to President Zuma
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 19, 2011

Another Taliah Day asks the President about his hobbies: "Do you like to hike or go for a swim?”


Eurica Masinga, aged 11, pinned her community’s hope on the President. She wrote: "We are currently staying in a rural area. We don't have proper roads and we also don't have proper toilets and no electricity. We are struggling to get clean water, too. As a community we would like to ask that you please build a Community Hall. Also we need a High school as we don't have one at the moment.”


Speaking at the handover of the book on Thursday, Zuma said children were honest people who raise issues in a genuine manner. “It is important that we as adults and leaders listen to what they have to say”.


“Their voices must never be suppressed. That they wrote to the President of the country shows that they have faith that their problems and those of the country can and will be solved. We will not fail these children,” said Zuma.

He said government was already working on some of the issues raised by the children like unemployment, improving education and the health care system and fighting crime.


“I am also happy that these children who are our future leaders are playing an active part in building our country. The future of this country is indeed in safe hands. I will indeed encourage all our leaders from Ministers, Premiers, Mayors and councillors to read this book so they can hear what the little ones have to say about how to improve this country,” said President Zuma.

Mulemfo said he has learned that through these letters that children are intelligent and socially conscious and should never be undermined as they know quite well what is going on in the country.


“Given the different challenges that the children have been able to point out, the tone in these letters strongly demonstrates the respect that they children have for you and the government and the hope that they have for a South Africa with a brighter future,” said Mulemfo.
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