We need to stop debating the mandate of the SA Reserve Bank its already in the

We need to stop debating the mandate of the sa

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We need to stop debating the mandate of the SA Reserve Bank, it’s already in the Constitution, what we need to do is get on with the business of doing. [Applause.]
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 20 So, Mr President, while you are looking to build smart cities, I want to say “Why don’t we make the cities that we have, already, smart?” [Applause.] “Why don’t we broaden access and connect young people to information and opportunities that remain available to a few?” At one place to start, Mr President, is with the allocation of broad spectrum, we will not reduce data cost until that decision is settled. So, Mr President, furthermore, instead of building a new bullet train let’s rather fix and protect the trains we have and give them to provinces to run. [Applause.] We need interventions that will ultimately ensure that we halve unemployment in our lifetime and make sure that, in fact, we give young people a national civilian service where they can work. Let me tell you something, by the end of the 19th Century cities like New York and London were facing a crisis that seemed to
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 21 have no solution. As these cities grew and developed, the thousands and thousands of horses needed to transport people around had left the streets knee-deep in manure. New York had to employ an army of workers to clear the streets every day. In London, The Times newspaper reported back in 1894 that every street in the city would be buried under nine feet of manure within 50 years. Of course, this didn’t happen. And the reason for that was because there was a bold new solution. In fact, instead of us having horses, let’s rather make cars. Henry Ford’s new and affordable motorcar had replaced horses in the cities, the manure problem went away, and of course, history was changed forever. If we want to challenge the issues that we face today, we cannot be giving solutions that give us faster horses, what we need is bold and new interventions that transition South Africa.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 22 All that the President wanted to give us on Thursday is a faster horse. We need a plan and we need one now, urgently, towards a South Africa of the future. And this plan must respond to these three challenges, Mr President, it must respond to what are we going to do around climate, what are we going to do around technology and what are we going to do around disease management. So, we must ask ourselves these simple questions: What kind of South Africa do we want our children to inherit? What kind of skills do we need to help them with to step into the future? And can we make sure that our population and our cities are resilient? These are the questions we to have.
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