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SA headed for major transition - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma said the ANC policy conference will address social and economic challenges.

President Jacob Zuma sings Umshini Wami at the Nehawu policy conference on 10 June 2012 in Boksburg, Johannesburg. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Sunday said South Africa is headed for a second major transition - this time focusing on social and economic transformation.

He was speaking at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) policy conference in Boksburg, Johannesburg.

Zuma said the ANC national policy conference later this month will address current challenges faced by the country, which include social and economic matters.

The president urged workers to get involved in politics, and have their ideas heard ahead of the second transition.

He said in the past, the focus was on tackling apartheid, but said the country now faces different challenges.

Zuma said the economy has not created enough jobs at the right pace and that levels of unemployment and poverty are too high.

Ending his speech by singing Umshini Wam', he reiterated that members of its alliance partners - the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) - need to be prepared to share their views and ideas on how to improve the social situation in the country.