Ramaphosa will ‘urgently’ fix leadership issues at NPA, SARS, as it happened

2018-02-16 17:22

Newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa has delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).


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16 Feb 21:33
Swart: The Hawks as birds had avian flu but they seem to have recovered now and are prosecuting.

16 Feb 21:27

This is the Hugh Masekela song President Cyril Ramaphosa quoted at SONA 2018

Twitter was ablaze with emotion after newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa quoted a Hugh Masekela song during the State of the Nation Address (SONA). 

16 Feb 21:26
ACDP MP Steve Swart: I think the EFF overplayed their hand yesterday and were highly criticized. 

16 Feb 21:25
Lindiwe Sisulu says what Ramaphosa said was not hot air because he indicated that there will be six summits. "He has actually gone further to say I will go to every department."

16 Feb 21:21
Shivambu: We think that it's long overdue that Cabinet must be reduced to a reasonable size, so that we are able to deal with key functions.

16 Feb 21:19
Shivambu: The NHI without proper health infrastructure is meaningless.

16 Feb 21:18
Shivambu: We welcome one issue on expropriation of land without compensation. We are just emphasising that, instead of government developing modalities, it must be Parliament playing a central role.

16 Feb 21:17
Floyd Shivambu: The president is still in a brainstorming session. He is still trying to formulate ideas of what he wants to do, but doesn't know yet. That is why he speaks of a job summit, and commissions after commissions.

16 Feb 21:15

EFF shouts 'Ace!' as Ramaphosa vows to tackle corruption

ANC secretary general and Free State Premier Ace Magashule became the centre of attention – just for a moment – during President Cyril Ramaphosa's maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) - and it wasn't for a good reason.

16 Feb 21:12
Maimane says top four ministers that should be fired, include: Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba, Lynne Brown, Mosebenzi Zwane. "We have got to make sure we reform," adds the DA leader. 

16 Feb 21:11
Maimane: It's a great decision to say the ministry must be reduced. We have always maintained that we can run government with less that 20 ministers. I hope it's a massive cut and we fire some ministers.

16 Feb 21:10
Maimane: The difficulty the president faces is that there is simply no money in the budget to finance half of the things he outlined today.

16 Feb 21:09
Maimane: Lets make sure we sell SAA and give those shares to people.

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16 Feb 21:07

IN DEPTH: Ramaphosa's 10-point plan to revive SA's economy

President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the recovery plan to set South Africa on a new growth path, which involves forming a social pact with different social partners.

Delivering his maiden State of the Nation Address on Friday evening, Ramaphosa announced the appointment of a Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

The council will draw on the expertise of those in labour, business, civil society and academia, to ensure the implementation of economic policy and to respond better to economic circumstances.

16 Feb 21:04

IN DEPTH: Ramaphosa sounds warning to SOE boards

“We will intervene decisively to stabilise and revitalise state owned enterprises,” promised new SA President Cyril Ramaphosa during his maiden State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Friday. 

What SA's newly-elected head of state would say about the country's state companies, many of which stand accused of poor performance, maladministartion and a reliance of government bailouts, was among the most anticipated aspects of his speech. 

16 Feb 21:02
Mapisa-Nqakula: Security was toned down precisely because there was nothing really threatening.

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Mapisa-Nqakula: There is potential here to unite South Africans. 

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Mapisa-Nqakula: I really believe that if there were things I was not doing right, I really need to jack up

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Mapisa-Nqakula: He was quite hard in tackling some of the issues. He is clearly not a populist, very clear on what he wants to do in dealing with issues of corruption, including dealing with issues of maladministration.

16 Feb 20:56
Mapisa-Nqakula: The programmes, the plan which he outlined for me talks to a clear a programme, mobilisation of South Africans and restoring confidence in government.

16 Feb 20:54
Mapisa-Nqakula: For me, what was important was the theme of the speech, which is renewal and hope.

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IN DEPTH: We're going ahead with land expropriation without compensation, says Ramaphosa

SA’s new president said that his administration would be continuing with a policy of land expropriation of land without compensation.

The decision to expropriate land without compensation was taken by the ANC at its 54th Congress, where Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC President. 

“We will accelerate our land redistribution programme not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation,” Ramaphosa said during his maiden State of the Natioan Address in Parliament on Friday evening.  

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Here's Ramaphosa's full SONA speech

Read the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa, in which he touched on a raft of measures to advance the socio-economic interests of all South Africans.

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Thank you very much! 

16 Feb 20:26
Now is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new, better South Africa for all.

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Now is the time for each of us to say ‘send me’.

16 Feb 20:25
Now is the time to lend a hand.

16 Feb 20:25
"We can envisage the triumph over poverty, we can see the end of the battle against AIDS."

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We are at a moment in the history of our nation when the people, through their determination, have started to turn the country around.

16 Feb 20:24

He sang:  

“I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around

When they triumph over poverty

I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS

I wanna lend a hand

I wanna be there for the alcoholic

I wanna be there for the drug addict

I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse

I wanna lend a hand Send me.”

16 Feb 20:23
"In his song, ‘Thuma Mina’, he anticipated a day of renewal, of new beginnings."

16 Feb 20:23
"As I conclude, allow me to recall the words of the late great Bra Hugh Masekela."

16 Feb 20:22
"We have done it before and we will do it again – bonded by our common love for our country, resolute in our determination to overcome the challenges that lie ahead and convinced that by working together we will build the fair and just and decent society to which Nelson Mandela dedicated his life."

16 Feb 20:22
"Together we are going to make history."

16 Feb 20:21
"I will also find time to meet with provincial and local government leaders to ensure that the state, in its entirety, responds to the pressing needs of our people."

16 Feb 20:21
"During the course of the next few months, I will visit every national department to engage with the senior leadership to ensure that the work of government is effectively aligned."

16 Feb 20:21
"We are determined that everyone in public service should undertake their responsibilities with efficiency, diligence and integrity. We want to instil a new discipline, to do things correctly, to do them completely and to do them timeously. We call on all public servants to become agents for change."

16 Feb 20:20
"We want our public servants to adhere to the principle of Batho Pele, of putting our people first."

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