South African President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address during the 20th annual Opening of the South African Parliament, on February 13, 2014, in Cape Town. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / RODGER BOSCH)
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President Jacob Zuma urged South Africans to recognise how far the country had come since the end of apartheid, in an election-year state of the nation address Thursday.Insisting that his detractors did not see the good story that South Africa has to tell, Zuma reached back two decades to show how much this young nation has changed.In the run-up to the May general elections, overshadowed by weeks of violent protests, Zuma pointed to South Africa's "good" stories as he reported on his first five years in office.Despite acknowledging high unemployment levels and the rand currency's plunge against the dollar last year, Zuma voiced confidence over the nation's economic outlook.
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