President Jacob Zuma today delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) since taking office in May last year. The opening of parliament coincides with the 20th anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela’s release from prison this year, creating a particularly big buzz around the event.
In his first SONA address in June last year Zuma said that Government will ensure that the cost of telecommunications is reduced through the projects underway to expand broadband capacity. “We have to ensure that we do not leave rural areas behind in these exciting developments,” Zuma added.
This year Zuma continued where he left off in 2009, promising lower telecoms rates and better broadband services. “As part of our efforts to encourage greater economic growth, we are working to reduce the cost to communicate,” said Zuma.
“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.”
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