In his State of the Nation address, President Kgalema Motlanthe was spot-on in terms of the needs of the poorest of the poor.
He was crystal clear to me on the four main issues which are: health, crime, education and the creation of decent jobs. Despite many other things he mentioned, I am tempted to say that our achievement of the former will move our society to great heights.
This is a reflection of a visionary government of the people in its quest to find a balance between the poorest of the poor and the captains of industry or the rich.
Most fundamental is the hope that the president has instilled in his clear address, by putting people first and in particular South Africans.
He acknowledged the successes and shortcomings of government in the past 15 years and further charted the way forward for the next administration after the general elections this year.
Poverty must be attacked and defeated by South Africans so that we can live in peace and harmony. Poverty heightens immoral values in society, such as crime, illiteracy, underdevelopment and many more.
It defeats good intentions of development and undermines societal improvements at all levels. It is encouraging that Motlanthe has outlined programmes that cut across to challenge the scourge of poverty in our society.