- South Africa is facing down another year of economic turmoil and continued load-shedding
- Despite the bleak forecast, President Cyril Ramaphosa is still spreading a message of hope
- The politician has been canvasing the Northern Cape ahead of the ANC's annual statement
The day has finally arrived for President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver his January 8 statement.
An annual tradition put in place by the ANC to shed light on the government's plans and a prelude to the state of the nation address.
While the governing party is doing its best to put on a jovial show for South Africa, citizens are well aware of the difficult times ahead.
Between the Eskom crisis, high unemployment rates, a flagging economy and a lack of basic service delivery, 2020 is set to be a challenging year.
Nevertheless, Ramaphosa attempted to spread hope at a fundraising gala on Friday:
“Hoping that hope will be infused in the hearts and the minds of our people … The ANC will be able to tell our people tomorrow that we will continue to unite our country and our movement and that we will renew our commitment to radical economic growth."
The president says that while his address on Saturday would note the ANC's successes, it would also lay out the priorities the governing party will target this year.
Briefly.co.za reported that the World Bank had cut back its expectations for South Africa's economic growth to only 0.9% this year, the first major international entity to do so.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had issued stern warnings to the nation, insisting that if economic reform is not achieved it would be 'game over' for Mzansi.
Ramaphosa says, despite all of these difficulties, the response to the ANC's presence in the province was a good indication that the people still had love for the political party.
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