JZ outlines 10 key

HARD AT WORK: Development of the bus rapid transport programme in the Joburg CBD is in motion. Pic: Antonio Muchave. 11/05/2009. © Sowetan
HARD AT WORK: Development of the bus rapid transport programme in the Joburg CBD is in motion. Pic: Antonio Muchave. 11/05/2009. © Sowetan

Economic growth and job creation:

Zuma has committed his government to creating 500000 jobs by the end of the year. Government also plans to create an additional four million jobs by 2014.

In February, then finance minister Trevor Manuel announced a R787billion stimulus for the economy.

Expanded public works programme:

Zuma has committed his government to introducing a programme that will drive the recovery of the economy, expected by year's end.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele is expected to roll out a massive nationwide programme with the potential to employ thousands.

It will be modelled along the successful labour-based construction and maintenance programme called Zibambele, which Ndebele introduced in KwaZulu-Natal where 40000 contracts were achieved.

Rural development and food security:

Zuma has called on people in rural South Africa to urgently tell the government what they need. Programmes will see massive roll outs of electricity, water and RDP houses.

Skills development and training:

The government has announced an expansion of the Department of Higher Education with relocation of the Sector Education and Training Authority from the Department of Labour. With 50 colleges and 160 campuses nationwide, the Setas will be at the heart of skills development and training, and improve access to higher education with more financial aid for students from poor backgrounds.

Health and the state of health institutions:

To reduce inequalities in healthcare provision; upgrade hospitals and clinics and improve the pace in the fight against HIV-Aids, TB and other diseases. This will be achieved through implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for the Treatment, Management and Care of HIV-Aids; Introduce a national health insurance scheme in phases and pay doctors and nurses better.

Fighting crime:

Establish a transformed, modern, properly resourced and well-managed criminal justice system; improve efficiency of the courts and the performance of prosecutors; improve detectives' training and enhance forensic and intelligence services; reduce serious and violent crimes by seven to 10 percent a year; combat organised crime, and crimes against women and children and set up a border management agency.

Reconciliation, human settlements and patriotism:

Citizens must be active in building a common national identity and patriotism; establish a common approach to the changing of geographic and place names.

International relations:

Ensure foreign relations contribute to sustainable economic growth and development; maintain ties with the African continent by strengthening the African Union; improve political and economic integration of SADC; and assist in the development of post-conflict Africa.

Sustainable resource management:

Improve provision of water and water management; implement a water for growth and development strategy; improve energy efficiency and reliance on renewable energy.

Improve service and administration:

Improve public services and strengthen democratic institutions.

The two newly-formed ministries in the Presidency - National Planning Commission and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation - are key to ensuring performance at local, provincial and national government levels.

As from July 1, government will set targets for ministers and hold them to account.