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Zuma receives warm welcome at Westonaria, promises more than 89 000 jobs by 2019

11 April 2017 12:37 PM

President Zuma gave a keynote address at Westonaria Agri-Park, west of Joburg, on revitalising agriculture and the rural economy.

President Jacob Zuma is conducting a site visit at the Westonaria Agri-Park as part of government's programme to revitalise and transform the agriculture and rural economy.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana are among dignitaries attending the event.

According to EWN reporter, Masego Rahlaga, the President has told residents that government aims to create over 89 000 jobs in the area by 2019.

Rahlaga says Zuma has also received a warm welcome from residents wearing their African National Congress (ANC) t-shirts singing, "Zuma my President".

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Residents there say they want Zuma to remain president until 2019.

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According to Presidency statement, the establishment of Agri-Parks is set to transform the rural economy and government will provide financial and material support for Agri-Parks for a period of ten years.

Listen to EWN's Masego Rahlaga below for more details...

11 April 2017 12:37 PM