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Appeal for media to be fair

By unknown | Jun 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the world media her government was aware of its shortcomings in fighting poverty, HIV-Aids and crime, but was doing everything possible to rectify them.

Addressing thousands of international media representatives at the World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum conferences at Cape Town's International Centre, she paid tribute to the media for "the crucial role" it had played during apartheid.

In a frank and sometimes humorous address, the deputy president said she was aware of the negative international perceptions that persisted despite the advances the government was making.

"There is a need to project our successes better, and to continue to deal with some of the real and perceived problems."

She said the formation of the International Marketing Council that hosted yesterday's launch function was to showcase the country's successes better. Commenting on the government's delivery since 1994, she said its programme of action for the first decade had been dedicated to reconstruction and development.

"It was about bringing large numbers of historically excluded people into a net of the serviced population."

On job creation, she said the government succeeded in providing social grants to 11million beneficiaries and for three years in succession had created more than 500000 additional jobs.

She said the government's second decade would focus on shared growth for all South Africans. It was important that every South African share in development.

She said government did not have all the answers on crime, but depended on its partnerships with the private sector.


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