Daily Archives: February 19, 2016


CAPE TOWN South African President Jacob Zuma has pleaded with political parties in Parliament to behave in a way which is respectful to one another.

Replying to points raised during the debate on his State of the Nation Address in Parliament here this week, Zuma referred Thursday to recent disruptive behaviour in the National Assembly where opposition Congress of the People (COPE) party leader Mosiuoa Lekota and MPs from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party were ordered to leave the house because of disruptive behaviour.

In appealing to MPs to be respectful at all times, Zuma said: “We know the rules, laws. If the Presiding Officer and all agree, (you) can’t speak when not recognized by the Presiding Officer, and you continue disrespecting the Presiding Officer. If you do so, it is an indirect undermining of honourable members.”

In a smooth address, a confident President Zuma slowly went through his prepared speech without interruptions. The President kept his focus on the economy, re-affirming the National Development Plan (NDP) and pledging that government would be more efficient in the implementation of the NDP, strengthening State-owned enterprises, fighting corruption and crime and putting energies into job creation.

“The NDP remains foremost blueprint to fight triple challenge of poverty, inequality, unemployment which still persist.”

The president said the government had already met with business leaders four times in 2016 and was optimistic that the results will profit the whole country. This as business commended his State of the Nation Address saying that most of their input had been reflected.


President to preside over Armed Forces Day

President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday preside over the Armed Forces Day celebration in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

In 2012, President Zuma, in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), proclaimed that 21 February each year will be observed and commemorated as Armed Forces Day, said the Presidency on Friday.

“Armed Forces Day is to be a day on which the South African population honours the men and women of the South African National Defence Force by affirming their support and gratitude to them for upholding the Constitution of the Republic and defending the territorial integrity of the Republic and protecting its people.

“It is for this reason that Armed Forces Day coincides with the commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi on 21 February 1917,” explained President Zuma.

Since the proclamation, Armed Forces Day has been celebrated in the three provinces, namely Gauteng, Free State and the North West.

The day aims to educate and create awareness about the SANDF and its role, function and capabilities.

During the celebrations President Zuma will take the salute from the SANDF during the military parade.

He will also hand out medals to the deserving members and take a salute.

The march past will consist of about 1000 SANDF members and over 100 vehicles and aircraft that will participate in the march and fly past.

This will be followed by a capability demonstration by all four of the SANDF services which involved live demonstration of anti-piracy operations, beach landing by the South African Army, the release of hostages by SA Special Forces and the extraction of injured personnel by the South Air Force and the South African Military Health Services.

The day will be preceded by a handing over of legacy projects tomorrow.

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula and the Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini will hand over three old age homes that have been repaired and refurbished by the SANDF’s Works Regiment.