After a very challenging start, President Jacob Zuma eventually presented his State of the Nation Address speech.
Some members of Parliament stood and left the house as the EFF insisted on ‘points of order’, defying the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete.
President Jacob Zuma announced the government’s 9-point plan for economic growth. He says the big focus will be on revitalisation of agriculture, SMME support and township and rural enterprises.
During his address, the President announced that the number of new land claims stood at 120 000 as of December.
He said that they re-opened the land claim processes for those who missed the 1998 deadline.
According to Zuma, foreign nationals will be prohibited from owning land but they will be allowed to have long-term leases instead.
President Zuma also touched on farming, mentioning Julia Shingube from Nkomazi municipality in Mpumalanga as Female Entrepreneur of the Year.
He said land reform remains an important factor.
I announced programmes for the revitalisation of agriculture last year. We introduced the Agri-Parks programme, aimed at increasing the participation of small holder farmers in agricultural activities— President Jacob Zuma
Listen to President Zuma's State of the Nation Address below: