President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to appear in the National Assembly from 14:00 today to update MPs and citizens on a variety of issues of importance to the country. Ramaphosa will also answer questions posed to him by MPs.
Ramaphosa is expected to speak and be questioned at length about the economy, but he will also have to breach several other topics.
Briefly.co.za will be running a live feed of Ramaphosa's appearance in Parliament from 14:00. We will be adding live video of Ramaphosa's appearance and social media feeds as the afternoon progresses.
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The Presidency released a statement in which is said: “The President will update the nation on, among other issues, the country’s investment campaign to grow the economy, create jobs and reduce inequality. He will also cover the role of competition authorities in opening up markets and promoting small business.”
The President will brief members of parliament on the measures being undertaken to restore the credibility of the country’s security agencies, and the tasks the country must undertake to heal the wounds of the past.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa will have to answer the following questions from MP’s as part of his once quarterly Q&A session in Parliament.
ANC MP Ruth Bhengu is to ask what Ramaphosa's position is on the findings and proposals of the South Africa Economic Update Jobs and Inequality report by the World Bank, which was released in April 2018.
ANC MP Adrian Williams is to ask what message the team of Special Envoys on Investment, which Ramaphosa appointed in April, intends to convey to potential investors and what the government's strategic objectives are for convening the investment conference in September 2018.
Cope MP Deidre Carter is expected to ask: "Whether, in the interests of transparency, accountability, responsibility, the rule of law and the best interests of the country, he will establish a commission of inquiry into the alleged serious dysfunction, malfeasance, corruption and gross abuse of resources of the state, including financial resources, for wrongful ends within the Crime Intelligence division of the SA Police Service and the State Security Agency; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?"
ANC MP Hope Malgas to ask how the nation should deal with its current and future socio-economic challenges.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane wants to know the details of the assurances that his newly-appointed envoys will give potential foreign investors to ensure that the National Development Plan's growth targets are met, despite the government's plan to expropriate land without compensation.
AIC MP Mandlenkosi Galo will ask how Ramaphosa intends to reduce barriers for small businesses when the Competition Commission, which should be the instrument that breaks down these barriers, continues to approve mergers among large corporation, hindering an efficient and competitive environment for small and medium enterprises.
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