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Vol 55 No 4

Published 21st February 2014

South Africa

Zuma talks up the state

The strain of the last five years seemed to show on the President's face as he gave his final State of the Nation Address before the elections

Nearly 6 million rand (US$560,000) was spent on the ceremony for the State of the Nation Address as a tired-looking President Jacob Zuma put a brave face on the economy and avoided difficult subjects. The traditional 21-gun salute and other pomp and circumstance welcomed friends and foes along with Zuma’s closest allies, including Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, who slipped away from the cameras as did multi-millionaire businessman Vivian Reddy.

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