Zuma to get radical
President Jacob Zuma has made it clear that his last term in office will be about building a strong government that will be able to intervene in the economy to lead development.
He said action was required to deal with monopoly domination of the economy, which has prevented government from achieving economic transformation.
Addressing more than 40000 ANC members in Durban, where the party marked its 101st birthday, Zuma did not mince his words, saying current economic patterns block the party's vision for the future.
He gave details on how government should intervene in business in order to build an inclusive economy and how government's mining sector should be positioned by government.
"We've resolved that the state must capture an equitable share of mining resource rents through the tax system and deploy them in the interests of long-term economic growth, development and transformation," he said.
He said the 1913 Land Act marked the beginning of all the problems the country faces today.
"Land was taken away from the African people in order to turn them into cheap labour.
"We will replace the principle of willing buyer, willing seller, which has not sufficiently addressed the problem, with a just and equitable principle when expropriating land for land reform purposes," Zuma said.
He said monopoly domination of the economy was an obstacle to economic transformation, growth and development goals.
"Decisive action is required to thoroughly and urgently transform the economic patterns of the present order to realise our vision for the future," he said.
He said the country had opted for a mixed economy, where public, private, cooperative and other forms of social ownership have been working together.
"Within this mixed economy, we reaffirm the active and interventionist role of the state in ensuring economic development."
Since government continues to fail to create enough jobs, Zuma said government would open space for more black South Africans and more women to participate in the economy.
"This participation must be as employees, as creators of jobs and, importantly, as owners of the means of production.
"We shall achieve these goals through a range of measures, contained in our development blueprint, the National Development Plan," he said.
He acknowledged that government still had to supply water to 1.4million households and sanitation to 2.1million households.
He said this, together with the eradication of mud schools, the refurbishment of more than 2000 schools and 886 health facilities nationwide, should be concluded as part of the government infrastructure programme.
No more Mangaung hangover at ANC's Durban point
THE wet Durban weather did not stop ANC members from filling Kings Park stadium to capacity to celebrate the party's 101 years of existence.
Members clad in their yellow T-shirts sang and danced to liberation songs while waiting for President Jacob Zuma to deliver the yearly January 8 statement.
ANC Women's League members stood out in their colourful green and black uniform.
ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete announced that the stadium was fully packed and those who were not inside would be taken to other stadiums where they could watch the proceedings on big-screen TVs.
Zuma walked to the stage to greet other leaders, including deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, before walking around the stadium to greet ANC members.
Motlanthe, who was dressed in red and black communist colours and sat next to SACP boss Blade Nzimande, was well received by the supporters.
He sat right behind the ANC officials and he and Zuma exchanged warm greetings.
Zuma has been singing Motlanthe's praises since the ANC's national conference.
On Friday Zuma repeated the ANC's decision that Motlanthe would run the party's political school.
He referred to him as one of the finest leaders of the ANC.
Motlanthe's attendance was significant, indicating that he is willing to work with the new leadership.
This was in contrast to former president Thabo Mbeki, who stayed away from ANC events after he was booted out in Polokwane in 2007.
Mbeki has attended only the ANC's centenary celebrations in January last year.
In a message of support, acting youth league leader Ronald Lamola told Zuma that the youth league membership supported him and the newly elected leadership.
"The youth league is not suffering from Mangaung hangover. We have accepted and respect the outcome of Mangaung," Lamola said to cheers from the crowd.