Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address provided decisive actions to speed up economic growth, the African National Congress said on Wednesday.

“It is our conviction... that the address practically takes forward the commitments made in the ANC manifesto arising from thorough and exhaustive consultation with South Africans... during the election campaign,” spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

“The state-of-the-nation address has laid the foundation by articulating decisive action geared to the attainment of the five percent growth target by 2019.”

Kodwa said Zuma's speech showed government was on track to implement radical socio-economic transformation.

He said government had to move with vigour to implement the National Development Plan (NDP).

“The NDP is not a government plan but a plan of all South Africans requiring commitment and co-operation from all social partners for its attainment.

“The targets and proposals made require the dedicated effort of all sectors of society to ensure that we harness the means, goodwill, people, and resources... that our country possesses to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality.”

Kodwa said among the many interventions Zuma spoke of in Parliament on Tuesday night was revitalising local government.

“We are pleased therefore that the state-of-the-nation address committed national and provincial government to work closer with municipalities to address capacity constraints and provide funding for the development of infrastructure.”

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