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SONA 2018 presents hope, but no urgent plan for change

February 18, 2018

There were great expectations for tonight’s maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The President set out a vision of unity for the country that all South Africans warmly welcome. We pledge our support in building one nation, with one future, which is in the interests of all South African.

Beyond the fine words of renewal and new found unity, he unfortunately did not fulfil the expectations of the public with a clean break from the Zuma era, and a total change from the current tried, tested and failed ANC policies that have brought our nation to this point.

Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan for South Africa is too much of a continuation of the Zuma era. There is no major policy reform, only some tinkering with the current policies that have not brought change to the lives of our people.

There were too many conferences and summits announced, and not enough clear plans for fixing the problems.

What we need is a string of legislation that will change the economic environment, and make it easier for young people to find work.

This must fundamentally alter the way we approach the creation of work. ANC policy will not, and cannot, address our crippling youth unemployment crisis.

South Africa needs immediate and total change. Nine years of the Zuma Presidency has set our nation back, and unfortunately President Ramaphosa did not show tonight that he is able to bring the total change we desperately require.


Mmusi Maimane