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President Jacob Zuma`s State of the Nation address.

Johannesburg, Feb 11 (I-Net Bridge) Following is the full text of
President Jacob Zuma`s State of the Nation address.
Honourable Members,
As part of our efforts to encourage greater economic growth, we are working to reduce the cost to communicate.
The South African public can look forward to an even further reduction of broadband, cell phone, landline and public phone rates.
We will work to increase broadband speed and ensure a high standard of internet service, in line with international norms.
Fellow South Africans, This government will ensure that our environmental assets and natural
resources are well protected, and are continually enhanced.
Together with Brazil, India and China, and joined by the United States which represented the developed world, we made a significant contribution to the accord adopted at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December last year.
Although it does not go as far as required, it is an important step forward as it commits all countries to respond to climate change.
We will work hard with our international counterparts towards a legally binding treaty.
As South Africa we have voluntarily committed ourselves to specific emission reduction targets, and will continue working on our long term climate change mitigation strategy.
Honourable Members, We will intensify efforts to promote the interests of South Africa globally.
We will support efforts to speed up the political and economic integration of the SADC region, and promote intra-regional trade and investment.
South Africa continues to play a leading role in continental efforts to strengthen the African Union and its organs, and to work for unity.
We will focus energy on revitalising the New Partnership for Africa`s Development, as a strategy for economic development on the continent.
Fellow South Africans,
The public service has to respond to the call to make this term one of faster action and improved State performance.
We require excellence and hard work.
We need public servants who are dedicated, capable and who care for the needs of citizens.
Government is already working on the development and implementation of a public service development programme, which will set the norms and standards for public servants in all spheres.

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