OVERVIEW: 16 quotes that made MPs roar, laugh and sigh during the #SonaDebate

2019-02-12 19:50

Here are some key comments made when Members of Parliament responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address.

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12 Feb 19:53

1. The DA remains the epitome of white male privilege - ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu

2. EFF bullies have no place in our democracy - Mthembu

3. Watch your back, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen cautions President Cyril Ramaphosa

4. Where is Ramaphosa's 'Thuma Mina' for struggling students, asks the DA's Yusuf Cassim

5. DA challenges Ramaphosa to crack the whip on ministers Nomvula Mokonyane and Gwede Mantashe; and MP Vincent Smith

6. EFF leader Julius Malema threatens to shut down Independent Power Producers if Eskom is privatised

7. "It’s my maiden speech, nobody must heckle," Mantashe tells Parliament

8. 'Bosasa!' opposition MPs shout as Mantashe goes to the podium

9. "You will remain the President who had no backbone..." - DA MP Phumzile van Damme to Ramaphosa

10. "She [Naledi Pandor] only acts clever. I am not going to be like the Honorable Willie Madisha and say 'hong hong hong'" - Cassim

11. "As a Muslim, I object to the pig sounds made to me," responds Pandor

12. "Medupi and Kusile were badly designed and badly constructed" - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

13. "President, do not send these criminals to Parliament, send them to jail," - the DA's Natasha Mazzone on state capture

14. "I am ashamed, as a black South African, that our government has failed to do what even an oppressive colonial government did. Not a single traditional council or house of traditional leaders is allocated a budget" - IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi

15. "For whatever is left of my life, that broken promise will be the knife in my heart" - Buthelezi on a signed 1994 Memorandum of Agreement with Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk

16. "If now you promise the sun, moon and stars, and again fail to deliver, South Africa will go up in flames" - Buthelezi about the ANC's broken promises

ICYMI: You can watch how the debate unfolded here:


12 Feb 19:29

Improvements are evident at the TVET colleges. Placing NSFAS under administration was a positive move. Prior to the Dec 2017 announcement of free education for the poor and working class students, funding of the system had not kept up with enrollments.

University fees had become increasingly unaffordable and still are, hence the need for a regulatory framework. We had insufficient funding to support young people in higher education hence the situation we confront today of just over a billion rands in debt.

At universities, the current average full cost of studying is about R90 000 a year. We provide R50 000 for registration and tuition fees and R40 000 for allowances that are books, meals, accommodation and transport.

At colleges, the current full cost of studying is about R50 000 a year. R10 000 for registration and tuition fees and R40 000 for allowances. This year, government is providing R30.8bn in grants to support over 750 000 young people in post-secondary education.

es, there are gaps and challenges. We need more university and college places, we need partnerships from the private sector, we need more young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

For now, we ask students from families in higher income brackets to support our cause by funding higher education for their children when they have the means to do so. We ask businesses, philanthropists and foundations to assist us in this endeavor.


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I have directed NSFAS administrator to prioritise all outstanding appeals and assessments and this is happening as we speak.

12 Feb 19:22

It is imperative that we do not allow any person to hijack legitimate protest for political mischief.

I am pleased that students and management are talking to and resolving issues and working together to address the obstacles confronted by students.


12 Feb 19:22
Students in our colleges and universities have a deep appreciation of the empowerment education can lead to, hence it is this that has led to their vigorous struggle for access to quality education and training.

12 Feb 19:22
Offering young people the opportunity to acquire post-secondary education and training is one of the most fundamental steps on the path to eradicating poverty and inequality.

12 Feb 19:16
I urge all higher education institutions to make every available effort to find solutions to every ongoing concerns. We're working hard to do all that we can to assist.

12 Feb 19:15
Mr President, I would like to begin by expressing my sincerest condolences to the family of the young Mlungisi Madonsela. His fatal shooting at DUT is tragic loss to the family and the university.

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Your policies have made close to 10 Million citizens unemployed and many have lost hope of ever finding a job. It is because of the uninspiring policies that have failed to stimulate our economy that most South Africans are finding it tough to survive.

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Nkosazana Dlamini says the ANC is an honest organisation. But the reality is that the whole ANC cabal is corrupt to the core.

It's time for you Mr President to tackle of crime ferociously. Your ministers are accepting bribes and no action is taken.


12 Feb 18:52
Crime is a national crises that requires urgent intervention from the President and the Minister. It cannot be the responsibility of the communities alone to fight crime. This government does not take crime serious.

12 Feb 18:48

We must continue to strive for a healthy and safe workplace. Hence renewed focus on the goal of zero harm at work; reaffirmed at the Mine Health and Safety Summit in 2018.

A healthy and safe workplace is good for workers, investors and the economy.


12 Feb 18:48
This initiative, an outcome of Mining Phakisa that brings together government, business, labour, and institutions of higher learning, aims to revitalise research, development and innovation in mining. It also seeks to improve the technological base of mining.

12 Feb 18:47
Together with the Minister of Science and Technology, and the Minerals Council of South Africa, we launched the Mandela Mining Precinct in 2018.

12 Feb 18:47
Energy commodities such as lithium, cobalt, vanadium, and platinum will propel economic growth and development. Alongside the battery commodities, industrial minerals are set to drive the industry’s contribution to GDP.

12 Feb 18:47
We must meet the Fourth Industrial Revolution with clarity and certainty in our step. As the world of work continues to change, young people, known as the digital generation, must seize the moment by taking centre stage.

12 Feb 18:47

De Beers is already taking advantage of the opportunity availed by the Mining Charter 3, by reviving the exploration and prospecting projects they had withheld.

Total’s exploration in the Outeniqua Basin injected an investment of US $100m to our economy.


12 Feb 18:46
We intend to secure a minimum of 5% of the global exploration budget within the next three to five years. Economic growth and employment are certain when inhibiting walls to exploration and prospecting are removed.

12 Feb 18:46
Co-existence of mining with communities is vital for its long-term sustainability. Companies should collaborate with and invest in impactful projects beyond the life of mines; for communities to thrive and to trust them.

12 Feb 18:46
The positive results show in the gazetting of Mining Charter 3; and last week’s signing of the Mining Leadership Compact that aims to create a long-term strategy for the achievement of our 2030 vision of a prosperous, competitive and transformed mining sector.

12 Feb 18:45
We took office in an atmosphere of animosity in the industry. We invested time and energy to create trust and build relationships between government and its social partners and stakeholders – even anti-mining and environmental lobbies.

12 Feb 18:45
You will recall that, in the last rating, out of 91 countries; South Africa was at 47 in investment attractiveness and 81 on policy and regulatory certainty.

12 Feb 18:45
Certainty of policy and regulatory environment guarantee greater stability and more investment in the economy. It will impact positively on our rating, bringing us closer to our potential of 21 globally.

12 Feb 18:45
The announcement of a gas discovery in the Outeniqua Basin, by the French petroleum giant, Total, proves the correctness of this decision. The discovery, in the long run, will impact positively on our energy needs.

12 Feb 18:44

There is regulatory and policy certainty in mining. Mining Charter 3 was gazetted to national and international acclaim in 2018.

We are working on a legislative framework to separate petroleum from mining, in order to unlock its potential for the economy.


12 Feb 18:44
Khanye Colliery by Canyon Coal in Bronkhorspruit; Belfast Colliery in Belfast; and Ikhwezi Mine in Danhauser and Newcastle. Further, Sasol will open another new mine in the coming weeks.

12 Feb 18:44
We appreciate the launch and opening of new mines in 2018, that is; Shondoni by Sasol in Secunda; Evander Gold by African Resources – the Elikhulu tailings treatment project and the first gold pour in Evander.

12 Feb 18:44
Blocking the rescue operation at Gloria mine by the workers is ill-conceived. We have received an interdict against this, so the bodies of the fallen can be retrieved to receive an honourable final rest. We send our condolences and support to the families.

12 Feb 18:43
The latest expression of that cost is the disaster at Gloria mine where twenty-two illegal miners are trapped inside the mine; and the six who attempted to rescue them died.

12 Feb 18:43
We are ceased with saving Optimum. Business Rescue Practitioners are moving at a snail’s pace, proving costly for mineworkers and society.

12 Feb 18:42
Following the dip in gold mining, the industry contribution to GDP declined, averaging 7% recently. Mining contributes 40% in foreign exchange earnings; thereby sustaining our country’s current account.

12 Feb 18:41

Further, mining regulation is aligned with other legislation, such as environment. This we did to safeguard the nation’s fauna and flora, as heritage for future generations.

This is work in progress; much more still needs to be done.


12 Feb 18:41
The result today is that mining boasts of; young, strong and growing black mining companies; emerging licensed artisanal diamond and chrome miners; black female leadership at the helm; a burgeoning black management capacity.

12 Feb 18:40

To support the Mineral Petroleum Resource Development Act, we introduced the Mining Charter 1 as a tool of transformation to:

1. deracialise ownership of the mineral resources

2. improve the living and working conditions of the workers

3. enable economic empowerment and development of our communities

4. advance human resources and research development in mining and to engender beneficiation of our mineral resources.


12 Feb 18:38
This being our country’s Silver Jubilee of freedom, we recall our strides and the challenges we have encountered, to ascertain that the mining industry lives up to this imperative.

12 Feb 18:37

The President calls us all to make a concerted effort to grow the economy; and ensure it is inclusive and, therefore, integrate those who for years have been excluded.

This can occur when individual sectors of the economy receive the necessary attention.


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This ANC government has ensured that investigations are conducted and reports are released.

12 Feb 18:16
The SIU investigates corruption, malpractice and maladministration in the state. As a result, in 2017/18, a value of R797m worth of contracts for administrative action were set aside and deemed invalid.

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