President Jacob Zuma will today respond to a two-day debate by Members of
Parliament on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) he delivered to South
Africans earlier this week.

Andrew Hannington, CEO of Grant Thornton Johannesburg, provides
commentary and snippets following President Jacob Zuma?s State of the
Nation Address on 17 June 2014.

From transforming the economy to creating decent work and improving
conditions in the mining sector, President Jacob Zuma?s State of the Nation
Address, has been received with vigour, by several of his Cabinet colleagues.

The new administration will focus on bolstering the economy. Delivering the
State of the Nation Address, President Zuma said there was a need for "far-
reaching' interventions by government, business and other social partners to
bolster growth and create decent jobs.

President Jacob Zuma?s sixth State of the Nation Address was widely
welcomed on Thursday night, with several cabinet ministers saying his focus
on jobs and infrastructure gave a good account of how far the country has
come since 1994

Investing in teacher training and the re-opening of teacher colleges to
produce a skilled workforce in the future is high on governments' list of
priorities for the education sector.

Government will continue its focus on job creation, with the aim of creating six
million work opportunities for young people by 2019, says President Jacob

Motorist who usually use roads around the Parliamentary precinct are advised
to use alternative routes to avoid delays as there will be road closure due to
officials conducting rehearsals for the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

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