ANC Chief Whip wants SONA to provide time frame for implementing plans

ANC Chief Whip wants SONA to provide time frame for implementing plans

- The ANC chief whip has said that he does not want Cyril Ramaphosa to present any new plans in his SONA

- Instead, she says he must impose deadlines for implementing the plans he already has

- This comes as the president is expected to focus on unemployment and SOEs in his address

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ANC chief whip, Penny Majodina, says that she does not not want President Ramaphosa to outline any new plans in his State of the Nation Address.

Rather, she wants the president to provide time frames in which current plans will be implemented. 

Ramaphosa will deliver his third SONA on Thursday, his first since the 2019 general election.

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Several commentators expect that Ramaphosa's speech will focus on the economy (which registered disappointing growth in the last quarter) and on state-owned enterprises, many of which remain debt-ridden and dysfunctional.

Indeed, despite much talk of stimulating economic growth, the economy remains sluggish, with the GDP actually shrinking by 3% in the first quarter of 2019.

Likewise, joblessness remains a major issue. As a result, the president is also expected to address youth unemployment in his speech, which currently stands at 55.2%, has gathered. 

Much of this speculation was confirmed by Majodina herself. For example, Majodina says that Ramaphosa will "be bringing a message of hope in how to deal with SOEs", according to the Mail & Guardian.

Majodina added that she believed the president's job was to provide time frames for implementing service delivery.

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Ramaphosa himself has said that his speech will be addressed to South Africans from all walks of life but, with so many issues to address, it appears that the president has a hard task ahead of him.

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