- There is nothing quite like knowing your own self-worth and apparently Jacob Zuma is very aware of his achievements
- The former president has given himself a pat on the back for a job well done during his nine-year tenor
- Briefly.co.za explores the politician's top achievements according to his own opinion
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Zooming with Zumas treated viewers to a third instalment and the former president ensured that South Africa was made aware of his crowning moments.
Jacob Zuma said that it was simply dishonest for anyone to suggest that his time at the helm of the nation was 'nine wasted years' and explained to Mzansi what achievements he felt indicated a job well done.
Briefly.co.za explores one of the country's most iconic, and controversial, president's perceived victories in office.
1. National Development Plan
Zuma is adamant that his plan for the nation would see South Africa reaching new heights, even if his predecessor wasn't following the blueprint.
“It was during this time that the country for the first time had the National Development Plan which was never there before. It is a different matter whether we are implementing it the way I saw it but at least we have a plan, you cannot say that is waste of time.”
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2. Rural development
Over a decade ago the Department of Rural Development was introduced, with Zuma explaining that his vision was to improve the lives of citizens in these regions.
“People who received assistance and support from this department ... win in a number of areas. Instead of theorising about rural development, we created a specific department to deal with it.”
3. Distribution of ARVs
The former president says many lives were saved when antiretrovirals were procured to help combat HIV.
“When I came in, I implemented that and changed the lives of people. If you say these nine years were wasted, that is the biggest dishonesty.”
Msholozi lauds his decision to join BRICS as part of a bigger vision to position South Africa at a geopolitical level.
The BRICS Development Bank, according to Zuma, was to help the nation obtain loans for its development plans on more attractive terms than on offer by the IMF and World Bank.
“We were moving very far with our joining the Brics grouping of countries which established a bank as big as the banks that you have [IMF and World Bank]. If we utilised that relationship, we would not be crying about lack of funds because we knew exactly where we were going.”
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