Sec­ond chance to get it right

Sunday World - - Opinion -

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma has an­other chance to do things right as he pre­pares to serve his sec­ond term in of­fice.

Many things have gone wrong in the past five years, but a lot has been achieved by the ANC govern­ment.

The strong fo­cus on poverty al­le­vi­a­tion must be ap­plauded. But more still needs to be done. At the fourth World Con­fer­ence on Women in Bei­jing in 1995, poverty was iden­ti­fied as one of the world’s chal­lenges.

The Depart­ment for Women, Chil­dren and People with Disability was es­tab­lished in 2009, with a man­date to ad­dress the need for eq­uity and pro­vide ac­cess to de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for vul­ner­a­ble groups in the coun­try.

This gave hope to the poor – es­pe­cially ru­ral women, who bear the brunt of poverty.

The cre­ation of sus­tain­able jobs should be our govern­ment ’ s fo­cus, be­cause that will bring real em­pow­er­ment to people.

Zuma’s ex­ec­u­tives need to se­ri­ously con­sider sup­port­ing and en­cour­ag­ing in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment, with tar­geted key sec­tors that have the most po­ten­tial to grow the econ­omy and cre­ate jobs.

A ma­chine gun ap­proach has not, and will not, work.

Those Zuma picks for his cab­i­net should do more to im­prove on what has al­ready been achieved.

They need to bring their A game.

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