S.Africans must become proactive - Manuel

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has urged people to take ownership of their lives.

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has urged people to take ownership of their lives.

CAPE TOWN - South Africans should not simply expect the state to provide them with everything, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said on Thursday.

Speaking ahead of the State of the Nation Address, he emphasised the importance of people becoming less dependent on government.

Manuel said, "If they [people] work hard, then they will be able to earn [money] and grow. That is taking ownership of something. People must get up and take initiative."

Over 15 million South Africans depend on social grants.

President Jacob Zuma will deliver his address at 7pm.

He is expected to address challenges facing the education sector, youth unemployment, gender-based violence and the economy.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged Zuma to come up with a clear plan going forward.

The party has accused the president of only being big on promises.

At the same time, people have started arriving for the State of the Nation Address.