Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
COSATU believes President Jacob Zuma has acquitted himself well during his first year in office.
Yesterday marked one year since Zuma was inaugurated as SA's fourth democratic president.
"He has achieved a great deal. He has made excellent cabinet appointments and adopted an open democratic approach, which we find useful," Cosatu's Patrick Craven said.
Craven also lauded Zuma for steering the country's economic ship in the right direction "despite facing the challenges of the world recession".
But he warned that Zuma should move away from the conservative monetary policies that are pursued by "some part of his government, especially the Treasury".
Craven said such policies undermined Zuma's capacity to deal with poverty and unemployment.
He said that Zuma must do more to tackle the growing gap between the quality of service received by blacks and whites in health and education.
Presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in his first year in office Zuma had introduced a shift in the approach by government to the needs of the people.
"Such an approach gives practical expression to the notion of a national partnership, through which South Africans work together to improve the lives of all," Kodwa said.