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There was chaos at the State of the Nation address in parliament when Speaker Baleka Mbete called in security services to remove the EFF MPs from the chamber to allow President Zuma to deliver his State of the Nation speech. It was delayed by more than one hour, and what he had to say was overshadowed by the earlier actions.

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.

President Jacob Zuma has assured the nation that government will continue
to invest in education and skills development as it forms the key to economic
growth and development.

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.

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.

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.

President Zuma returns from a week of recuperation to present the State of the
Nation address to parliament. What do you want to hear the president highlight in his
speech? What do you think is the true state of our nation?

President Jacob Zuma says government is moving closer to its target of having
more women in Cabinet and the national executive. In the previous
administration, there were a number of women ministers and government is
adding to this figure.

The creation of a small business ministry as well as the ministerial
appointments made by President Jacob Zuma has been welcomed by
business.

President Jacob Zuma has announced his new cabinet. Some of the
departments had been changed, others have been combined and two new
departments have been established.

President Jacob Zuma has announced the country's new Deputy President and the
Cabinet Ministers who will lead his second government. The President also announced
a number of changes to ministries.

With the conclusion on Saturday of South Africa?s fifth democratic elections, a
total 13 of the 29 parties that contested the 2014 elections received enough
votes to have representation in the National Assembly in Parliament

Almost 95% of the votes have been counted in the 2014 general election and
the ANC is in the lead with a massive 62% of the votes, followed by the DA
with 21% and the EFF with 6%.

The African National Congress is still leading with over two million votes as
election results continued to come in at the IEC results centre in Pretoria. Just
after 7am, the results board displayed 2 428 votes for the ANC followed by
the DA at 1 144.

The use of semiotics, data and social media in electoral campaigns; and the
adoption of this in South Africa leading up to the May elections has been
massive. Havas Southern Africa CEO Lynn Madeley explores the impact of
technology.

The country?s 22 263 voting stations will open on schedule at 7am on
Wednesday in anticipation of 25.39 million voters, who have registered to
vote, says IEC Chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

It is all systems go as far as safety and security is concerned for the 2014
general elections that will take place on May 7, says Police Minister Nathi
Mthethwa.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has appealed to voters to
respect the privacy and secrecy of their vote by refraining from taking pictures
in the ballot booth and of their marked ballot papers in this week?s election.

"I just registered to vote so that I could Instagram it?, this quote has stuck by
me the last couple of months because something about it seems to express
the feelings of many South African born-frees.

A survey indicates that 23% of youth do not plan on voting, as the majority
feel there is no one worth voting for or that voting will not change the nation.
What does this mean for democracy?

In the run-up to the 2014 Elections politicians are pulling out all the stops and
the biggest opposition party has even gone so far as to guarantee free higher
education to South African voters.

Government has called on all South Africans, especially the youth who will be
voting for the first time, to go out in their numbers to cast their votes on 7
May in honour of the founding father of the democratic nation, former
President Nelson Mandela.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) stands ready to assist in democratic South Africa?s fifth elections. We are working flat out to prepare for the elections and I can say that we are very ready, said National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega.

A total of 29 parties will contest the national elections on 7 May, following
Tuesday?s deadline for parties to submit all outstanding documentation and
pay election deposits.

A total of 33 political parties have indicated their intention to contest the
upcoming general election according to the Independent Electoral Commission
(IEC).

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