Zuma meets with business leaders

Business leaders met with government at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Sunday.

President Jacob Zuma speaks after meeting Business Unity SA and others to discuss poverty in SA. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

PRETORIA - After a day of meeting with top business leaders, President Jacob Zuma has revealed some of government's plans to deal with the socio-economic challenges facing South Africa.

Zuma met with representatives from big businesses countrywide, which included the presidents of Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Black Business Council.

The president told media on Sunday that the meeting provided a platform for business and government to speak about the country's priorities, ahead of the State of the Nation Address.

"We want business to participate. It was therefore important that we have this meeting, so that business could express their own feelings about what's happening and what they think they can do."

Zuma also said the meeting was an opportunity for government and business to gain a better understanding of each another.

Meanwhile Busa president Jabu Mabuza stood alongside the president as it was announced that the South African economy must grow threefold by 2030.

Zuma said this was one way for the state to remedy the nation's financial problems.

In two months' time, another meeting will be held to identify the factors that hinder South Africa's economic growth.


President Jacob Zuma will present the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament at 19h00 on Thursday, 14 February 2012.

In this year's speech, he is expected to look back on the achievements of 2012 and present the programme of action that government will embark on in 2013.

Zuma will be addressing the joint sitting at night, in a trend that began in 2010, to try and reach more people that would otherwise miss the address.