Second chance to get it right
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.