While the ANC government has delivered water, electricity, housing, clinics, roads and other services, many other communities are still waiting for delivery, President Jacob Zuma said in his Political Report. He said National Conference should reflect on how to speed up the pace and quality of the services provided to our people.
One of the key changes introduced since the previous Conference was the establishment of the performance monitoring and evaluation as well as planning functions which has made it easier to organise and monitor work. The ANC needs to establish the same mechanism at headquarters in Luthuli House to fill the gap that exists currently.
The President highlighted key achievements in the implementation of the National Development Plan and the resolutions of the Mangaung Conference:
- Close to a million households have been connected to the electricity grid since 2014.
- Reliable water services have been provided to more than 300,000 households in 2017, while overall, access to water has increased from 80% in 2002 to 85% in 2016.
- More than a million households have been given access to decent sanitation since 2014.
- A total of 17 million people have benefited from social grants, the majority of whom, about 10 million, are orphans and vulnerable children.
- The ANC government has expanded access to free education for children from poor households. More than 9 million children attend no fee schools and receive free meals at schools, which represents at least 80% of our schools.
- The proportion of South Africans with post-school qualifications increased from 9.3% to 14% between 2002 and 2016.
- The National Student Financial Aid Scheme increased from R2.4 billion in 2008 to R15 billion in 2017.
- South Africa has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world with 4.2 million people on treatment. Life expectancy was 54 years in 2008 and it is now 64 years
- The Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission programme continues to ensure that we are able to reduce HIV transmission to newborn children. In 2004 more than 70,000 babies were born HIV positive. In 2017 this reduced to 4,200.
- The number of new HIV infections has declined from 360,000 in 2012 to 270,000 in 2016.