Zuma expected to address Zeerust residents as SA marks Reconciliation Day

The president is expected to give the keynote address in front of a packed Gopane Black Aces Stadium in Zeerust.

President Jacob Zuma launched the 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign in Limpopo on 25 November 2016. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – President Jacob Zuma is expected to address government officials and Zeerust residents in the North West province on Friday during the state’s official celebration of the Day of Reconciliation.

It’s however not clear if he will be well enough to attend.

The president is expected to give the keynote address in front of a packed Gopane Black Aces Stadium and reflect on the progress the country has made in building a more united South Africa.

In reflecting on the year, Zuma described 2016 as a productive and successful year, saying the country’s economy remains resilient despite the difficult climate at home and abroad.

In his end-of-year statement, Zuma says one of the year’s key achievements was the collaboration between government, business and labour to stave off sovereign downgrades by ratings agencies.

The president says significant strides have been made to support the manufacturing sector while the easing of visa regulations and a weaker rand helped lure more tourists to South Africa.

Zuma says agriculture has been hard-hit by the drought with negative growth rates and a jump in food prices but the sector is expected to return to normal in coming months with the summer rainfalls.

He has also committed government to ensuring that all financially needy and academically deserving students can attend university and technical and vocational education and training colleges, and says he’s expecting a final report from the fees commission looking into the feasibility of free higher education, by the middle of next year.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)