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South Africa has made significant strides since democracy in improving access to basic services, President Jacob Zuma said at a Freedom Day celebration in Pretoria on Friday.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and President Jacob Zuma

“In this regard we are leading the struggle to eradicate unemployment, inequality and poverty through promoting inclusive economic growth,” he said.

“A lot has been achieved in the extension of basic services since 1994, in turning South Africa around but much more still needs to be done.”

He said the country’s fourth democratic administration’s main challenge was to ensure that more people would benefit from economic growth while building on the strength of the same economy.

“In 1994, we knew that our toughest task was to transform the economy to [make it] reflect the change to democratic governance,” he said.  Read more…