South Africa : Economic crisis might affect pace of service delivery

South Africa : Economic crisis might affect pace of service delivery - By Bathandwa Mbola
Parliament - The economic downturn will affect the pace at which South Africa is able to address its social and economic challenges, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

However, it will not alter the direction of the country's development, said Mr Zuma, delivering his first State of the Nation Address to a packed joint-sitting of Parliament.

"The policy priorities that we have identified, and the plans that we placed before the electorate, remain at the core of the programme of this government," he said.
Referring back to the popular statement that he made during his inauguration as Presidnet of the Republic, Mr Zuma reiterated again today: "As long as there are South Africans who die from preventable disease; as long as there are workers who struggle to feed their families; as long as there are children who do not receive a decent education; as long as there are people who are unable to find work, government will not rest."

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