The upcoming state of the nation address to be delivered by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday evening needs to be directed primarily at the 9-million unemployed South Africans. For them, the state of the nation is dire. Without a truly visionary plan for the country to come together to create opportunities for those seeking work, the AHI believes our nation is in trouble. What the 9-million unemployed want to, need to, hear this week is what the government is doing to reach out to the private sector to create a real partnership for sustainable job creation. The private sector has on many occasions over the past year made it clear that it is more than willing to help tackle the challenge, provided government policy enables it to do so. Government and the private sector have together been hugely successful in drawing millions of the country’s previously disadvantaged citizens into what is generally regarded as the middle class over the past 20 years. However, millions of others, often ...

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