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Zuma addresses masses at KZN manifesto launch

President Jacob Zuma has addressed members of the ANC at the party’s provincial election manifesto launch, at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

KwaZulu-Natal is the ANC’s biggest stronghold, but there are concerns that recent political developments in the province might reduce the ruling party’s electoral support at the August 3rd municipal polls. 

President Zuma outlined some key statistics with regards to the province’s financial performance.

“Stats SA issued a report on the financial performance of municipalities and the results are very encouraging. In this province, some of the key achievements of the 2014/15 financial year are as follows: over 2.1 million households now have access to water; more than 1.7 million households are connected to the electricity grid; over 2 million households are connected to sewerage and sanitation networks.” 

President Zuma says that a number of the province’s people, who are underprivileged, do not pay for these basic services.

This is progress made in one financial year only added the President.

 He added, “It is worth mentioning that a significant number of these households do not pay a single cent for these basic services because they are covered by the progressive social policies of the ANC government such as the envisioned policy where the poor do not pay for services.”

 

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