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New Year message by President Jacob Zuma

By Jacob Zuma - Sapa | Dec 30, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 98 ]

Season's Greetings to all South Africans and all our guests from many parts of Africa and the world.

We have come to the end of yet another eventful and in some ways challenging year; a year that represents another critical milestone along our development as a young democratic nation.

No matter how we evaluate 2011, we can come to one conclusion.

We are ending the year better off than we were back in January, and certainly far better off than we were 17 years ago.

Although challenges remain, each passing year, our country moves forward, towards a better life for all.

We have made visible progress in reducing serious and violent crimes, in improving health care, rural development, education, social security and the general expansion of access to basic services.

We have built strong partnerships for job creation and laid a firm foundation to improve infrastructure development.

We have played a critical role within the African continent, and also through cooperation with both the developed world and the emerging economies of the South, and multilateral organizations.

A major achievement for the country was the successful hosting of the United Nations COP17 Climate Change Conference in Durban.

The four political agreements reached at the COP 17 conference are accepted as a significant advance in climate change negotiations.

In July we had the pleasure of hosting the International Olympic Committee General Assembly meeting.

The two events further enhanced our country's image as first class organizers of mega international events.

We participated in major international sporting events through the Springboks, Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana and our netball team Amantombazane amongst others.

While luck was not on our side, we nevertheless demonstrated that the passion and pride we share as compatriots when supporting our teams, is sometimes more important than the numbers on the scoreboard.

I will elaborate more on these activities and others in the evening of the 9th of February 2012, during the State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

Compatriots,

Looking ahead to the New Year, let me urge each South African to make 2012 the year of unity and the celebration of the country's rich political heritage.

We have an opportunity to showcase our country's remarkable successes, given the historic celebration of the centenary of the ruling party, the African National Congress, on the 8th of January 2012.

A number of Heads of State and Government, Eminent Persons and friends of South Africa from the continent and other parts of the world are expected to converge in Mangaung in the Free State province to mark this historic occasion.

They are coming to South Africa to congratulate not just the ruling party, but all South Africans on the strides that the country and its people have made in destroying colonial oppression and apartheid, and promoting reconciliation and nation building.

Our country proved to the world that it is possible to rise above institutionalized racism, hatred, colonial oppression and apartheid, and build on its ruins a modern democracy which enshrines justice, human rights and dignity.

Our founding President, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, reminds us constantly that millions of South Africans deserve praise for the role they played in bringing about freedom and democracy, for they contributed in various ways.

We must therefore use 2012 to celebrate our individual and collective contributions to the attainment of freedom and democracy in our country, all of us, black and white, united in our diversity.

We must also use the year to thank the millions in Africa and the world who took interest in our country, and helped us to make South Africa the free, non-racial, non-sexist democratic society we now live in.

The struggle for a better life continues and it needs all of us to work together, united in our diversity.

Let us make a concerted effort to recognize and highlight what is good and great about our country in 2012, and play our part, to make South Africa succeed.

I wish all South Africans, and visitors to our land, a very happy and prosperous 2012!

I thank you.

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Last one, Sinudeity, you are Steve Hofmeyer and that is that. Groet almal in daar die donker gat waar jy bly. Moenie al die klippies en coke klaar maak want jy sal die nodig as ons 'n nuwe president ( van jou kuise) eendag kry. Agter elke man is Sinudeity met a toilet papier !

Dec 30, 2011 1:57 | 0 replies

Ugly dugly.

Dec 30, 2011 3:2 | 0 replies

@SifisoHadebe i wouldnt vote for DA nore ANC i just wissh those two fools(mbazima & lekota) could compromise their differences and form a good opposition

Dec 30, 2011 3:3 | 0 replies

"We have made visible progress in reducing serious and violent crimes, in improving health care"

Who are you trying to BULLSH!T

Dec 30, 2011 3:13 | 0 replies

Herein lies the danger of having a president who is never in the country. He hasn't a damn clue what is happening here

Dec 30, 2011 3:20 | 0 replies

hapi new year my president........eish ppl yah nne you dont respect elders and our Authority.

hapi new to all

Dec 30, 2011 3:35 | 0 replies

Leruoooooo - Nor do we respect rapists or criminals.

Doesnt matter how old they are.

Dec 30, 2011 3:37 | 0 replies

@Sifiso imagine attitude ya Sinudeity as it is……..so nna gape vote for bo Sinudeity back to power.
That will never happen.

Dec 30, 2011 3:41 | 0 replies

@ Sinudeity
As if you forefather during their regime didn’t do any of that.
Plzzzzzzzzzz klien Baas

Dec 30, 2011 3:45 | 0 replies

Leruoooooo - "vote for bo Sinudeity back to power."

I never was IN power.

"As if you forefather during their regime didn’t do any of that."

My forefathers were responsible for apartheid. I wasnt. I am not my forefathers.

I have as much a right to have a say, and even run the country as you do.
Even your ANC constitution guarantees me this right.

Dec 30, 2011 3:48 | 0 replies

Leruoooooo - If I am guilty of any apartheid atrocities, then charge me.

During apartheid, jacob killed his own people (suspecting them of being apartheid spies). In the MK training camps in Angola, the dudes (jacob includes) had young girls for their entertainment (ie sex). Unfortunately, in most cases sex was not given freely.

Dec 30, 2011 3:51 | 0 replies