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Ramaphosa defends his SONA ‘dream’

In response to the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate, president Cyril Ramaphosa defended his ‘dream’ and outlined his short-term plans for 2019 on Wednesday.

After being lambbasted by MP’s, Ramaphosa said that Sona was not just a dream but a vision of what needs to be done and achieved to create a South Africa that people want.

He reiterated that he is not simply offering a lip service but his expectations are that his administration will perform differently, with a positive outcome.

Ministers will be required to sign a performance agreement which will be evaluated and they will be held accountable.

Ramaphosa said that hard work is expected over the months leading up to the October Medium Term Budget Policy Statement with focus many matters, some of which are:

  • An effective visa regime for tourism and high skill immigration needs to be put into place.
  • Finalisation of a policy directive on the release of spectrum for cheaper data costs.
  • A coordinated youth employment strategy integrated by a project management office in the presidency.
  • A Township Entrepreneurship Fund.
  • Detailing and publishing of a roadmap for Eskom’s future.
  • Presentable progress on the public-private growth initiative and investment pipeline.