Did President Ramaphosa keep the promises he made at the 2018 SONA?

Did President Ramaphosa keep the promises he made at the 2018 SONA?

- Tomorrow President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State of the Nation address to South Africa

- Naturally, Ramaphosa will optimistically map out his plans for 2019

- Ahead of the event Briefly.co.za investigates whether or not last years promises were honored

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South Africa is gearing up in preparation for the State of the Nation address tomorrow night. President Cyril Ramaphosa will lay out the current situation in the country, as well as details of the plan for the year ahead.

During his first address as president, Ramaphosa had made promises concerning youth employment, summits, education and HIV.

Although the promises he had made going into 2018 had been relevant to the situation in SA, Briefly.co.za was curious to find out if he had managed to keep them.

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“[We will] convene a Jobs Summit within the next few months to align the efforts of every sector and every stakeholder behind the imperative of job creation.”

During his address last year, Ramaphosa had promised to hold a job summit, which he honored. During October last year the 2018 Jobs Summit had taken place. While speaking at the event, the president had announced a 'presidential jobs committee' to ensure the measures agreed upon where carried out.

Youth employment

“Next month, we will launch the Youth Employment Service initiative, which will place… unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy.”

In March 2018, shortly after the SONA, the Youth Employment Service had been launched. The initiative had aimed to provide paid work experience for more than a million youths over the course of 3 years.

A partnership between the state, business, labour and civil society will see job placements and training for people aged between 18 and 35.


The Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative will “complete all outstanding projects by the end of the next financial year”

This project had attempted, and failed, to replace unsafe and 'inappropriate' school structures. In 2011 nearly 500 schools had been identified, urgently needed government intervention.

As things currently stand the project is incomplete and has yet to reach the halfway mark, with some schools still struggling with pit toilets, mud structures and other hardships.


“We will initiate an additional 2 million people on antiretroviral treatment by December 2020.”

When Ramaphosa had made this commitment, 4 189 070 people had been on antiretroviral treatment. 2018 saw this number rise to 4 224 982 and improvement but no where near the additional 2 million promised.

In conclusion, Ramaphosa has met some of his commitment but has nevertheless fallen short of others. It remains to be seen whether or not the president will be brave enough to admit his shortcomings.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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