National 6.9.2016 11:02 pm

Zuma congratulates SA on economic growth

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: (File photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Lisa Hnatowicz)

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: (File photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Lisa Hnatowicz)

The presidency says the GDP figures indicating growth in the second quarter show the cooperation between government and its social partners has yielded results.

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday congratulated the South African government, business and labour after the announcement by Statistics SA (Stats SA) that the economy grew by a seasonally adjusted 3.3 percent in the second quarter.

The growth was more than the 2.7 percent quarter that was predicted by economists. Stats SA said that the unexpected growth was driven by an 8.1 percent increase in manufacturing and 11.8 percent in mining and quarrying. Exports increased by 18 percent and imports were down by five percent, the presidency said.

“The latest figures indicate that our economy is resilient and has the potential to grow even more despite the challenging domestic and global headwinds that it faces. This is very good news and gives hope to our people,” Zuma said in a statement.

“We congratulate the social partners on this achievement. The cooperation between government, business, labour and the community sector has yielded results and can only take the country further towards inclusive growth and much-needed jobs.”

Zuma said that a durable solution to the country’s economic challenges lies in consolidating the social compact between government, business and civil society.

“This is a process we are focusing our respective efforts on as we move forward.”

Government would continue to implement the National Development Plan, through the Nine Point Plan that was developed as a short-term implementation plan to reignite growth, he said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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