On 9 February 2012, President Jacob Zuma delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provincial of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
The State of the Nation Address is a significant and landmark event on the national political calendar for a number of reasons. Its is one of the few occasions on which the President addresses a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament and the broader South African public, to report on Government’s achievement on the goals and targets it has committed to, as well as to outline Government’s program of work for the year ahead. In so doing, the address provides citizens and Parliament with a yardstick by which to oversee and hold Government to account.
The central focus and prioritisation of catalytic infrastructure development and investment for economic growth and job creation, and fighting the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality underpinned the 2012 address.