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Zuma calls time on Afro-pessimism

By Sapa | Apr 11, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 50 ]

Africa is poised for economic success, but its people need to stop being so pessimistic about its chances, SA President Jacob Zuma says

“We need Africans to stop being pessimistic about their continent and to be the leading spokespersons and ambassadors,” Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the fourth International Trade and Investment Conference at Sun City, in North West.  

“If we do not believe what we see and experience, the rise of our beloved motherland, why should the rest of the world?” he asked.

In 2010, 42% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population was younger than 14-years-old, and by 2050, the continent would be home to one in five of the planet’s young people, he said.

Africa would by then have the demographic edge in terms of energetic, increasingly educated young people.

It was predicted that Africa would have the world’s largest work force of 1.2 billion by then, and in that year, one in four workers in the world would be African.

Zuma said this compared with one in eight from China, reversing the present balance.  

He was opening the conference, which is hosted by the department of trade and industry.

Zuma said around two thirds of governments in Africa were democratically elected, compared with just eight in 1991.

Six of the world’s fastest 10 growing economies were African and in eight of the past 10 years, Africa had grown faster than East Asia.

Zuma said the continent had a long way to go in terms of sanitation and health provision, but that progress was being made economically.

This would produce the resources needed to achieve economic growth and improve the quality of life.

Many reports were predicting the rise of Africa, but some investors were still hesitant, said Zuma.

“What is left is for the business sector to grab the opportunity and reap the rewards of this growth, in a manner that promotes inclusive growth, and which creates decent work for the African people.” 

The spread of good governance and peace gave entrepreneurs the environment to turn ideas into major projects.

“I challenge all Africans today, to accept the fact that their continent is changing,” Zuma said.

“They must release themselves from the shackles of self-doubt and celebrate these new developments.”

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Together we can do more!

People come to the party of togetherness and lets do more!

Apr 12, 2012 6:36 | 0 replies

tsayaya
sometimes i wonder whether he (Zuma) should be allowed to make public speeches!
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Yes, some of us do find them useful.

Apr 11, 2012 3:0 | 0 replies

MommaC
DJWinner

LOL
in other words pay a lawyer to keep your guilty secret out of a court room until someone can manufacture some secret tapes which can't be heard
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Well, I didn't know about this. Maybe, just your assumption.

Apr 11, 2012 2:58 | 0 replies

Africans are persimistic because of the kind of flacky,incompetent,corrupt & wicked leadership over decades.Remember that every orgarnisation rises and falls on leadership.

Again,the Bible says where there is no vision people perish.So if we have a bunch of leaders who have a vision to enrich themselves then we are going nowhere.

And we know that with Zuma there is no vision,we are going nowhere slowly.With Mandela the vision was reconciliation,with Mbeki the vision was African renaisance,with Zuma .........

Apr 11, 2012 2:45 | 0 replies


Hlubi_Elihle
Zuma must have been reading (or being read) some material from Steven Bantubonke Biko, Mr. Mbeki or some Martin Luther material so now he thinks he can outdo them........kwaaaa.

Hard luck Nxamalala we can read through you.
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Apr 11, 2012 2:44 | 0 replies

Hlubi_Elihle
Zuma must have been reading (or being read) some material from Steven Bantubonke Biko, Mr. Mbeki or some Martin Luther material so now he thinks he can outdo them........kwaaaa.
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he reads Playboy and Hustler!

Apr 11, 2012 2:34 | 0 replies

Zuma must have been reading (or being read) some material from Steven Bantubonke Biko, Mr. Mbeki or some Martin Luther material so now he thinks he can outdo them........kwaaaa.

Hard luck Nxamalala we can read through you.

Apr 11, 2012 2:32 | 0 replies

sometimes i wonder whether he (Zuma) should be allowed to make public speeches!

Apr 11, 2012 2:29 | 0 replies

@TheNewFreedomFighter

Zuma you uneducated c r e t i n! Population explosion is not a solution to poverty it is the major cause of poverty. To suggest any different just exposes how d u m b you really are. China realised the problem decades ago and took draconian steps to curb population growth, but I suppose, when the only thing on your mind is s e x, then, Mr President (sic), you can only believe that massive population growth is a positive thing

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Ask any student from the E. Cape. They'll tell you that you are optimistically s t u p i d. As we see with Malema, being radical and uneducated is cocktail for disaster not a recipe for success


ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.....uyangqeda wekhethu....Lol

You are 780% correct though

Apr 11, 2012 2:28 | 0 replies

DJW: Now that is true. Not everyone doubts, as you clearly demonstrate. But since when has that argument held any real value. Many people do. I would venture that at this stage the majority of people able to vote also have their doubts on this. Those that actually care, that is. Your loyaly truly amazes me.

Apr 11, 2012 2:27 | 0 replies

Okay Mr Prez, here's my optimistic prayer for South Africa:

Dear Lord

In 2009, I told you that Michael Jackson is my favourite singer.....
In 2011, I told you that Gadaffi is my favourite dictator......
This year I'd like to tell you that Prez Zuma is my favourite politician....

Amen

Apr 11, 2012 2:26 | 0 replies