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Parliament - South Africa needs drastic intervention to jumpstart the economy and overcome poverty, unemployment and inequality, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday in his seventh state-of-the-nation address.
Zuma sombrely acknowledged that economic growth had lagged far behind government's target and that many South Africans were struggling.
“Change will not come about without some far-reaching intervention,” Zuma said.
He announced that government was mulling the introduction of a national minimum wage to reduce the income inequalities that persist in the country 20 years into democracy.