On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma took centre stage at Parliament to deliver the State of the Nation Address for the second time this year. Zuma addressed the nation looking decidedly unwell, and his less-than-robust appearance seemed to capture more interest than his speech. For 80 minutes, the President stood before the nation and dished out some clever-sounding phrases. These buzzwords are the foundations of the ANCâ€
Poverty, inequality and unemployment are the three challenges that rule our country. As such, they have ruled Msholoziâ€
While 70% of the youth dawdle away in the depths on unemployment, President Zuma is adamant that in this, our second phase of transition, South Africa will prosper.
â€œSecond phase of transitionâ€
After 1994, the ANC declared that the land of South Africa was in a state of transition. The plan was to eradicate the legacy of apartheid and welcome countrymen into a new South Africa where all could live free and equal. That didnâ€
In 2012, the ANCâ€
But on Tuesday, Msholozi muttered the words ‘National Development Plan’ in the first five minutes of his speech and then moved swiftly on to other things. Meanwhile, weâ€
Â Before, there was talk of transformation. Then it evolved into socio-economic transformation. Now, South Africa, we have entered the age of radical socio-economic transformation.
While this might sound like a Julius Malema catchphrase by way of Robert Mugabe, it is an umbrella term peddled by ANC policymakers bent on finding new ways to talk about old things
Last year, for example, was deemed â€œThe Year of Unity in Action Towards Socio-Economic Freedomâ€ but like most of the policies to emerge from the State of the Nation addresses in years past, it was all just a mouthful of words.
So what exactly is this new â€œradicalâ€ paradigm to engineer socio-economic transformation?Â As far as we can tell, it includes plans to invest R847-billion in infrastructure, to assist the energy sector (good news for Eskom), and of course to create more jobs. Thereâ€
Â â€œFar-reaching interventionsâ€ may sound like the national government has decided to host a mass intervention for addicts but itâ€
Msholozi has said that the ANCâ€
â€œSocial partners dialogueâ€
Labour disputes and strikes have marred the ANCâ€
According to Zuma, â€œit is critical for social partners to meet and deliberate on the violent nature and duration of the strikesâ€. As yet, it is unclear exactly who these mysterious social partners are.Â
As Zuma tells it, the ANCâ€