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Gov. to forge ahead with NHI - Zuma

Jacob Zuma has declared 2013 the year of unity and action.

Jacob Zuma has declared 2013 the year of unity and action. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

DURBAN - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday told African National Congress (ANC) members that the National Health Insurance fund will start operating in 2014.

Zuma delivered his January 8th statement at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban, where the ANC held its birthday celebrations.

The president made it clear that his government will push ahead with the NHI.

"The National Health Insurance remains on track and plans are in place to introduce the NHI fund by next year."

He also focused on education.

"We direct our government to expand vocational training and link skills development programmes with industrial growth."

Zuma said decisive action is required to change economic patterns in South Africa.

The president also declared 2013 the year of unity and action.

"We will build the ANC's capacity to act truly as a vanguard movement for transformation to change the legacy of apartheid colonialists."

Government will prioritise the implementation of the National Development Plan, which involves active citizenship.

"The ANC will mobilise the masses to take an active role in development and government's processes so that our people become their own liberators."

He reminded the crowd of how far the country has come since the apartheid era, saying that its legacies should be eliminated.

"As members of the ANC let us cherish this privilege and place ourselves at the service of the South African people at all times."