Index State of the Nation Address 2013
Date Added: 21 February 2013

The Cacadu District Municipality, together with Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS), arranged a viewing of the President’s state of the nation address for the community of Camdeboo. The President’s speech was delivered in Cape Town on the 14th of February 2013, while the viewing took place at the Masizakhe community hall in GraaffReinet. Present at the viewing, to highlight and explain the issues that stood out from the speech, was the Speaker of the Cacadu District Municipality, Cllr Deon de Vos and the Executive Mayor, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana.

The President stated in his speech the importance of job creation and the economy that needs to grow three fold. The community of Camdeboo could relate to this as there is a high unemployment rate in the area. The President said that it was important to involve youth in learning programmes around the country and a call was made to all private and public sectors to work together to fight unemployment amongst the youth. The President also congratulated the Grade 12 learners of 2012, but noted that serious improvements were needed in Mathematics, Science and Technology. It was emphasized that government cannot do this alone, but needs the help of the citizens of South Africa.

The President also made mention of successes such as the solar geysers that continue to be installed in poor communities and the fact that 9 out of 10 households now have access to water. He also touched on the status of schools in the Eastern Cape, saying that major challenges include the lack of access to teachers and infrastructure. Combatting fraud and corruption is also an issue that both the President and the Speaker touched on, reminding the community to report any misconduct that they are aware of within their Municipalities. The Speaker urged the officials of Camdeboo to work closely with communities and attend to them before small problems escalate. To conclude the event, an opportunity was given to the community to voice their problems, which the Speaker and the Executive Mayor responded to. .