South Africa's new Planning Ministry and National Planning Commission will work on long-term planning and coordination, and not act as "gatekeepers" slowing down the implementation of government projects, says Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.
President Jacob Zuma, delivering his first State of the Nation address in Parliament, called on all South Africans to work in partnership with the government to realise the vision of a better, more prosperous nation.
Delivering his first State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma said the government was working on ways of minimising the impact of the global economic crisis on South Africa, including introducing a programme of retraining workers who faced retrenchment.
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel is now in charge of South Africa's new National Planning Commission, which seeks to accelerate the government's efforts to boost the economy, reduce poverty and ensure smooth infrastructure development.
South African President Jacob Zuma has unveiled a new administrative team comprising 34 ministers, with a Cabinet and government departments reorganised in a bid to achieve "visible and tangible socio-economic development" within the next five years.
In his first address as President, Jacob Zuma calls on South Africans to unite and move forward decisively together in a time of renewal for the country.
Newly inaugurated South African President Jacob Zuma says his administration will stay true to the course of nation-building and reconciliation set by former president Nelson Mandela.
Education, healthcare, rural development, the fight against crime, and creating decent jobs will be the priorities of South Africa's new government, says President-elect Jacob Zuma, who aims to have his new Cabinet in office in a matter of days so "we can get down to business".
President-elect Jacob Zuma has assured the country that his new administration will be a government for all South Africans, working with the people to tackle poverty and build on the successes of the past 15 years.
New South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has assured the country that he will carry out his duties as president with "dignity, commitment and humility". He added that he was aware of the duties and responsibilities that came with holding such high office, as well as the expectations of the people of South Africa.