The role of a government is to ensure that it fully represents the needs of its citizens. The president is elected to give direction and become an overseer of development. He is the accountability person that the citizens elect. One of the platforms that the president used to give the progress of what the government is doing is the State of the Nation Address (SONA). These SONA 2019 expectations are a representation of the areas that the citizens want to be addressed.
The president is the representation of power and direction. His role in the government is to give the direction of what procedures should be followed to ensure a smooth running of the activities in the country. He is also responsible for ensuring that the needs of the citizens are met. These expectations are summarized in the State of the Nation Address. These are some of the expectations of the SONA 2019.
What is SONA South Africa?
SONA South Africa refers to the State of the Nation Address. It is a speech that the president gives every year about the needs of the country for the year and the strategies that the government will use to ensure that the needs are met. During this speech, the president addresses the nation as the Head of Government and the Head of State. President Cyril Ramaphosa's third State of the Nation address is scheduled for the 20th of June, 2019 at 7.00 pm.
What is the purpose of SONA?
The purpose of SONA is to give a detailed report of the government's plan for its citizens that year. The address combines all the needs of the citizens and the strategies that it would use to ensure that it meets the needs. This is an important event that is aired on national TV to ensure that citizens are informed of the plans that the government has for them.
Why is SONA important?
The State of the Nation address is a joint sitting of the Chairperson of the NCOP and the Speaker of the National Assembly. It brings together the three arms of the government. The event is a very rare moment because it is one of the rare occasions where the executive, judiciary, and legislature are brought together.
It is important since it is done during the annual opening of parliament.
SONA 2019 details
The State of the Nation Address, which is going to be broadcasted on the 20th of June, 2019 at 7:00 pm, is president Cyril Ramaphosa's third speech since he became president. According to the short interviews that the president has done regarding the latter, it is safe to conclude that he has the matters affecting South Africans at heart. In a statement that he made in an interview about the address, President Ramaphosa said; "This is the moment when we have to move forward with greater determination, to that South Africa that all of us deserve after the years of apartheid and colonialism,"
Apart from that, there are expectations that the address should touch on. Some of the highlighted areas that the speech is expected to touch on include;
1. The high rates of unemployment
The president is expected to comment on the rates of unemployment that have been on the constant rise. He is expected to mention the plan that his government is going to implement to achieve as many jobs as possible. He is also expected to give his remarks on the increased number of protests that are related to the same issue.
2. The 3.2% GDP contraction
The president is expected to mention the current GDP rate and give remarks that will help build the country's business confidence which is currently very low. He is expected to build the confidence of investors in investing in the country.
3. The public ANC differences in policies
The President is also expected to comment about the differences in the political utterances by the members of the ruling party; ANC. He is expected to clear the air about the remarks that these leaders have been making about the policies and direction that the government should use to rule the country.
4. The South African Revenue Service (SARS)
SARS is one of the areas that the ANC political leaders have expressed their political differences. As the ruling leader of the ANC, the president is expected to clear the air and settle the issue with SARS.
5. The land issue
The president is also expected to mention the land issue, especially since there has been a controversial statement that other politicians like Winnie Mandela have made. Being an issue that has caused division in the country, the president is expected to comment about it.
The president is expected to comment about the criteria that he plans on using for making his appointments.
Needless to say that these are by far the most common issues bugging the citizens of South Africa. They not only expect the president to just comment about them, but also plan the way forward on how he plans on coming up with solutions about how it will fix the problems. Citizens have been urged to join in for the SONU 2019 on the 20th of June, 2019 at 7:00 pm.