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South Africa: President-Elect Zuma Vows to Move SA Forward
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, June 09, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 09, 2014

The party received 11 436 921 votes (62.15%), which equals to 249 seats in the National Assembly.

President-elect Zuma said the victory also reaffirmed that the ANC remained “the only true hope for the majority of our people, particularly the poor and the working class”.

“We are particularly moved by the fact that we accept this overwhelming mandate from our people on an important day in our country’s history.”

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day on which former President Mandela took the oath of office as the first President of a free and democratic South Africa.

President-elect Zuma said the new government will use its majority to implement policies and programmes that further improve the quality of life of all, especially the poor, as outlined in their 2014 Manifesto.

Towards a better future

This, he said, will see government continuing with the delivery of water, electricity, roads, schools, clinics, good schools, human settlements to people in both urban and rural areas.

“The new mandate is also a licence to continue with our ambitious infrastructure build programme, and ensure the provision of better roads, universities and colleges, hospitals, dams, railway lines and power stations that boost economic and social development,” he said, adding that this would also boost skills development and the economic empowerment of the youth.

The new administration, the President-elect said, will also give the green light to implement the National Development Plan and to promote inclusive economic growth and job creation.

He used his address to also thank the IEC for conducting successful elections, although there were minor logistical challenges. He also addressed leaders of political parties.

“To those who did not make it, losing is part of the democratic process.”

He also thanked the African Union and SADC election observer missions, saying their participation has contributed to the consolidation of democracy, in line with the AU mission of entrenching democracy and good governance throughout the continent.

Acknowledgement was also given to the 18 million South Africans who went out to cast their votes, especially senior citizens, whom he said had set a good example for first time voters and demonstrated just how important the right to vote was.

The President-elect also acknowledged the co-operation of communities that had been identified as hotspots, such as Marikana in the North West, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape and Bekkersdal in Gauteng.

“They proved commentators who predicted apathy wrong,” he said, adding that the issues they have raised will be addressed by the new government.
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