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Zuma expected to focus on jobs, economy

The president will address a joint sitting of Parliament at around 7pm tonight.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Elmond Jiyane.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma is expected to focus on the progress the country has made in the past two decades when he delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening.

He will be addressing a joint sitting of Parliament at around 7pm.

The ANC inherited a country on the brink of bankruptcy and had to create a state machinery to serve all its people, rather than just a small minority.

But while there is now much greater access to education, healthcare and basic services, their quality is an issue.

Zuma will have to persuade people his government is not only willing but capable of delivering a better life for all.

He is also expected to talk about jobs and the economy.

Zuma knows that creating jobs is one of the top priorities of the ANC's election manifesto.

He could also focus on the economy and address the country's slower growth levels.

STATE OF FASHION

Evening gowns, bright colours and even animal print have been spotted on the red carpet.

Women wearing eastern-themed beaded dresses were also spotted.

Some bold fashion statements on the SONA red carpet on 13 February 2014. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko is wearing a silvery-white floor length dress.

DA Parliamentary Leader Lindiwe Mazibuko shows off Kat van Duinen design on the red carpet. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

She smiled as photographers took pictures of her.

Wearing a beaded green dress, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille strolled down the red carpet.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille arrives in Parliament for the State of the Nation Address. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

She says she hopes Zuma uses his address this evening to unveil a plan to grow the economy.

"I hope the president is bold and makes a speech about how we can grow this economy so that we can get more jobs for people. That's what we need tonight."

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