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Zuma ‘deeply concerned’ over ongoing global terrorism

The president addressed the South African Jewish Board of Deputies at Gold Reef City on Sunday.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says he's deeply concerned over ongoing global terrorism.

In the most recent atrocity, at least eight people have been killed in a suicide bombing in Maiduguri in Nigeria.

Sunday's attack has been blamed on Boko Haram.

Addressing the South African Jewish Board of Deputies at Gold Reef City on Sunday, Zuma spoke out against terrorism.

"Our continent has also been hit hard with ongoing attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and this weekend, with attacks and Mali and Cameroon."

At the same time, the State Security Department says the attack on a hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, shows that countries around the continent are vulnerable to extremist attacks.

The department says that while there is no imminent threat to South Africa from extremist groups, it remains vigilant, monitoring any possible problem that could threaten security.

The department says the attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali shows that countries around the continent are vulnerable.

DROUGHT

Zuma says the drought gripping parts of the country has had a negative impact on the economy and jobs.

The president says the drought has had a negative impact, especially in the agricultural industry.

He says the threat of further job cuts in the mining and steel industry is a concern.

"We reiterate our call to employers not to use retrenchment as the first response to the economic crisis. We cannot afford to lose jobs again."

ELECTRICITY CRISIS

Zuma also spoke of South Africa's electricity crisis.

" Eskom has been placed on a financially sustainable path and its management is in place."

Zuma says solving the energy challenge is expected to add one percent to the country's growth.

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