(In the Pic - President Zuma, 1st lady Nompumelelo Zuma, Speaker of Paliament Baleka Mbete, Deputy President Cyril ~Ramaphosa and his wife, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Lechesa Tsenoli and Chairperson of the NCOP Thandi Modise observe the national salute). State of the Nation Address, National Assembly, Parliament of the republic of South Africa, Cape Town. 17/06/2014, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address was action-oriented, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

“It is in line with the plan of the African National Congress from the manifesto to the lekgotla, to the Cabinet lekgotla,” he said outside Parliament.

Zuma's speech outlined a programme setting “clear targets (and) clear steps” to achieve the country's goals.

The speech had “good emphasis on the economy and job creation”, critical to changing the lives of South Africans.

Mantashe praised the plans set out for “catalytic sectors” such as transport, water and sanitation, and energy.