State of the Nation Address 2013
What South Africa can expect
Building South Africa
- R860 billion - the amount that Government will have spent on infrastructure between 2009 and the end of March 2013.
- 11 million - the target for job creation by 2030.
- To improve the transportation of iron ore and open up the west coast of the country, rail capacity has been expanded through the delivery of 11 locomotives.
- 7 000 - the number of new fibre-optic cables laid by the private and public sector in 2012. The plan is to achieve 100% broadband internet penetration by 2020.
“As South Africans, we should continue to have one primary goal – to make our country a truly great and prosperous nation.” – President Jacob Zuma, State of the Nation Address, 14 February 2013.
Investing in energy
- Some 675 kilometres of electricity transmission lines have been laid to connect fast-growing economic centres and bring power to rural areas.
- R47 billion - the value of contracts signed by Government in the renewable energy programme.
- R800 million - the value of Government’s National Green Fund. Over R400 million worth of investments in green economy projects have already been approved.
- 315 000 - the number of solar water geysers installed since January 2013 to poor households.
Reaching more people
- 200 000 – the number of households that have been connected to the national electricity grid in 2012.
- 12,1 million (85%) – the number of households with access to electricity.
- Nine out of 10 households in South Africa have access to water.
- R126 million – the budget committed by provincial departments for housing for people who earn too much to qualify for RDP units, but too little to get a bank loan. So far, R70 million of this amount has been used.
- 98 – the number of new schools to be built by the end of March 2013. More than 40 are in the Eastern Cape and will replace mud schools.
- Some 11 740 young people have joined the National Rural Youth Services Corps for various training programmes.
- More than 2,2 million people have been reached through the adult education programme, Kha Ri Gude, between 2008 and 2011.
- Over 363 life sentences – with a conviction rate of 73% for crimes against women above 18 years old and 70% for crimes against children under 18 years of age – were secured by the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units in the last financial year.
- 600 – the number of staff at the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) - up from an initial 70. The President has signed 34 declarations since 2009 directing the SIU to investigate allegations of corruption, fraud or maladministration in various Government departments and State entities.
- By the end of September 2012, criminal investigations had been initiated against 203 accused persons in 67 priority cases under investigation by the SIU. In total, pre-trial proceedings have been initiated against 191 people. Freezing orders were obtained against 46 people.
- 107 – the number of officials working within the criminal justice system who were convicted in the past financial year.
- R541 million – the value of assets seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit. A total of R61 million of these assets have already been forfeited to the State and will be channelled back into fighting crime and corruption.
- R150 million in additional funding was approved for the work of the Anti-Corruption Task Team last year. The team is made up of the Hawks, the SIU and the National Prosecuting Authority.
- 600 – the number of private medical practitioners who will be contracted to provide medical services at 533 clinics in villages and townships in 10 of the pilot districts of the National Health Insurance (NHI) from April 2013. This will build up to the launch of the NHI Fund next year.
Did you know?
South Africa has discovered a candidate drug to treat malaria. It has the potential to become part of a single-dose cure for all strains of malaria and may be able to block transmission of the parasite. The drug will be developed further.
Did you know?
The average time taken to issue an ID book has been reduced from about 150 days to about 30 days, while the average time taken to process an application for a social grant decreased from 30 days in 2010 to 21 days in 2012.
Did you know?
More than R300 million has been recovered from public officials found guilty of corruption who were reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline.