SONA 2019: Highlights of President Ramaphosa opening of Parliament.

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) for 2019 in Cape Town, yesterday. In his address, he laid out the state goals for years and achievement of the previous year. 

President Cyril opened his speech stating that this should be the year that South Africans build a country where all who live in it are treated equally and enjoy their human rights. Reflecting on the progress made in 2018, he said that many South Africans have heeded the call from the Thuma Mina Campaign, to contribute to the economic development of the country.

He outlined that corruption and the prosecution of corrupt actors will be made a priority and announced the appointing of a new national director of public prosecution, Shamila Batohi who leads the revival of the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) of South Africa.

When it comes to land reform, Ramaphosa promised that more land will be made available for agriculture, industrial development, and human settlements. This will be done through an accelerated program that will encourage economic output and inclusion. He further announced that government own land will be released to achieve this goal.
In energy security South African national electricity company Eskom is faced with a crisis, which could further the poor performance of the economic, he promised to take bold action to restore Eskom to run effectively and efficiently.

When it comes to education he acknowledged the current student protests going on at tertiary institutions as concerning. He announced That Safe Initiative launched last year almost 700 schools have been provided with safe sanitation facilities with a further 1000 planned to receive sanitation facilities this year.

 

By: Mokgethi Mtezuka

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