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Sat Oct 25 01:54:00 SAST 2014

Nehawu welcomes Zuma's speech

Sapa | 15 February, 2013 09:06
President Jacob Zuma hosted 4 young Matriculants gathering their ideas ahead of the State of the Nation Address at his official residence in Genadendal, Cape Town. File photo
Image by: ELMOND JIYANE

Although the thrust of President Jacob Zuma's state-of-the-nation speech was to be welcomed, alignment was needed in government policies, Nehawu said on Thursday.

"Nehawu welcomes the main thrust of government's assessment of the advances made since last year...," said National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union general secretary Fikile Majola.

"However, the current state of the economy and the expected growth rate in the coming year highlights the necessity for the alignment of the NDP [National Development Plan], the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan, including the discussion on the question of forging a developmental state," he said.

Majola said the government needed to accelerate the implementation of its programmes.

Nehawu was pleased with the establishment of a presidential remuneration commission to investigate the appropriateness of the remuneration and conditions of service provided by the state to all its employees.

Majola said the union was also pleased that Zuma clarified the African National Congress's position by referring to education as an essential service.

In his speech, Zuma said referring to education as an essential service did not mean teachers would be deprived of their right to strike.

"It means we want the education sector and society as a whole to take education more seriously than is happening currently," Zuma said.

Nehawu welcomed the creation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) system in 2014 and the undertaking to accelerate progress in the piloting the NHI.

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