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South Africa: President Zuma Promises Report on State Performance in Improving Lives
Source: Google Alert
Source Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 27, 2013

Mr Zuma said South Africa is "not like any other normal country"; however, when looking at other nations on the continent that had won independence, "there are no countries that have made the progress we have in the last 19 years".
Without such a report, "there will be those who remain with the wrong impression that we have not done enough," he said.
This pre-election approach of stressing the advances made by the ANC-led government could backfire as opposition parties conduct their own campaigns highlighting the party’s failures.
This might be coupled with communities expressing their frustrations through service delivery protests, which are now a common occurrence in South Africa.
Addressing the health of the ruling party ahead of the elections, Mr Zuma said there would be an impetus to enact a Mangaung resolution that would activate the party’s "volunteer corps".
The corps, consisting of those whose "one ambition is to serve the organisation and the people" rather than the ambitions of members, was "the structure that is going to keep the ANC for a long, long time to come", Mr Zuma said.
Thousands of volunteers going door to door could be a potential means for the ANC to reignite grass-roots contact for the party during electioneering.
Nehawu, whose 270,000 members are concentrated in the health sector and in tertiary institutions, is South Africa’s largest public sector union.
Mr Zuma appealed to public servants to be more conscious "of the fact that their actions or nonactions in the line of duty, shape our peoples’ opinions about the democratic government".
Nehawu’s electoral conference is expected to be the scene of continuing turmoil within the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
The union’s general-secretary, Fikile Majola, is seeking re-election. Mr Majola is regarded as being behind a push to remove Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi over allegations of administrative and political failures.
Both Mr Vavi and Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini were present on Wednesday as Mr Zuma called for Nehawu delegates to reflect seriously on the health of both their union and the labour federation.
Mr Zuma said its unity was critical, and "is entirely dependent on the actions or nonactions of its individual affiliates".
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