Members of Parliament are debating President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address in a joint sitting of National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces.
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‘Someone must wake the man up’ – opposition parties unimpressed by Ramaphosa’s SONA
President Cyril Ramaphosa has been labelled a dreamer who must be woken up by opposition leaders – many of whom were less than impressed with his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday night.
Ramaphosa delivered a less emotive address, filled with ambitions for a better and competitive South Africa. The president outlined seven priority areas for this administration, including employment, social welfare, housing, health and education.
Aligned to these priorities, he also listed his government’s five goals over the next 10 years. In terms of one of these goals, the state will aim to grow the economy at a rate faster than the growth rate of the population.
SONA: Dream, dream, filling up an idle hour and 20 minutes
“Dream, dream, even for a little while. Dream, dream, filling up an idle hour. Fade away, radiate,” Blondie’s punk princess Debbie Harry sang in 1979.
Well, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s dreaming filled roughly an idle hour and 20 minutes on Thursday evening and it certainly didn’t resemble anything remotely punk rock.
With all the talk about dreams, it was no wonder 2019’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) was a rather slumberous affair. Perhaps, familiarity breeds indifference.