South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has reaffirmed his government”s commitment to radical socio-economic transformation in 2018 in favor of all the people, especially the poor, the majority of whom are black and female.
In the past President Zuma has defined radical socio-economic transformation as a fundamental change in the structure, systems, institutions and patterns of ownership, management and control of the economy, SA News recalls on Tuesday.
‘Through our Industrial Policy Action Plan and other programs, South Africa will continue to promote investments particularly in key strategic sectors such as energy, manufacturing, transport, telecommunications, water, tourism, the oceans economy, mining and agriculture,’ the President said in his message to the nation for the new year.
Government will also continue to lay a firm foundation for greater growth through the infrastructure rollout program.
Education is one of the priorities. Zuma said government will intensify investment and expand access to free learning for children from poor households. More than nine million children attend no-fee schools, which represents at least 80 percent of state schools, according to official data.
Government has also announced the provision of free higher education for young people at universities and colleges who come from poor households.
President Zuma said government will continue to eliminate mud schools and inappropriate school structures, replacing them with state-of-the-art buildings, especially in rural areas and other neglected communities. South Africa’s government has dedicated the year 2018 to the late former President Nelson Mandela who would have turned 100 years old on 18 July had he lived.