Following the delivery of the State of the Nation Address to Parliament by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday 9 February 2012, political parties commenced debate on the president’s announcements in Parliament’s National Assembly on Tuesday 14 February 2012.
Despite the debate commencing on Valentines Day, there was no love lost between opposition political parties and ruling African National Congress and Government of the day. The debate continued on Wednesday 15 February 2012. The President responds to the debate on Thursday 16 February 2012.
You can view the excerpts from the debate here, all visuals courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. You can also view it on the ETHICORE YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/ethicoretv under the State of the Nation 2012 Playlist.
Following the delivery of President Jacob Zuma’s 4th State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Thursday 9 February 2012, this is how leaders of political parties represented in Parliament initially responded to the presidents announcements.
All visuals are courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and also be viewed on the ETHICORE YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/ethicoretv under the State of the Nation 2o12 Playlist.
In case you missed it, here is video (visuals courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation) of the build-up, pre-speech analysis and delivery of the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Jacob Zuma to the Joint Sitting of Parliament’s National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, on Thursday 9 February 2012.
On 9 February 2012, President Jacob Zuma delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provincial of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
The State of the Nation Address is a significant and landmark event on the national political calendar for a number of reasons. Its is one of the few occasions on which the President addresses a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament and the broader South African public, to report on Government’s achievement on the goals and targets it has committed to, as well as to outline Government’s program of work for the year ahead. In so doing, the address provides citizens and Parliament with a yardstick by which to oversee and hold Government to account.
The central focus and prioritisation of catalytic infrastructure development and investment for economic growth and job creation, and fighting the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality underpinned the 2012 address.
Download the full State of the Nation Address delivered by President Jacob Zuma to the Joint Sitting of the Houses of Parliament (the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces) on Thursday 9 February 2012, here: