While progress was slow particularly on the economic side we confirm our

While progress was slow particularly on the economic

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While progress was slow, particularly on the economic side, we confirm our intension to achieve our NDP targets to address the challenges of inequality, poverty, unemployment and our challenge with economic growth. The plan for the continued implementation of this vision was eloquently and succinctly articulated by the President in the following words, and I quote: As South Africa enters the next 25 years of democracy, and in pursuit of the objectives of the NDP, let us proclaim a bold and ambitious goal, a unifying purpose, to which we dedicate our resources and energies.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 40 All our intervention strategies and strategic programmes are guided by this overarching plan. The seven priorities announced by the President emanating from our electoral mandate will play a catalytic role in achieving a number of NDP targets in the next five and 10 years. Government departments will be measured according to their performance in achieving the following priority areas: economic transformation and job creation; education, skills and health; consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services; spatial integration, human settlements and local government; social cohesion and safe communities; building a capable, ethical and developmental state; and a better Africa and world. Let me remind you that the purpose of the state of the nation address is for the President to report on the status of the nation and outline the overall strategic direction and priorities. This is followed by this debate, where more information is provided on key themes of the President’s speech. The purveyors of the misguided narrative that the President’s state of the nation address was slim on detail are disingenuous
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 41 and very economical with the truth. The President made specific mention of sectors that can turn our economic fortunes around, elucidated areas of great potential, including stimulating local manufacturing and promoting the “buy local” campaign, developing new markets in agriculture and agro-processing, and increasing international tourist arrivals to 21 million by 2030. He went on to say, and I quote: Drawing on our successes in the automotive sector, we will implement master plans developed with business and labour in industries like clothing and textiles, gas, chemicals and plastics, renewables, and steel and metals fabrication sectors. Furthermore, the various sector Ministers’ speeches, which are now scheduled for 9 to 17 July 2019 in the precinct of Parliament, will provide even further details of the programmes for implementation. All these platforms allow for debate and engagement at the appropriate level of detail until the process is concluded.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 42 Those who claim that the state of the nation address is all about dreams do not understand that all major revolutions worldwide began with an idea. A people without dreams and without vision and purpose, is a people with no future. It was
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