'I do not want South Africa to perish': Scroll for Ramaphosa's #SONA debate reply

2019-06-26 15:40

President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to the debate on his State of the Nation Address, calling on businesses and citizens to work with the government to help build South Africa.

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26 Jun 15:49

We have a clear plan for the road ahead. We have a clear mandate. Now is the time for all of us to work together to implement it.

Let us always remember what Proverbs 29:18 instructs: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

My take is I do not want South Africa to perish. Let us have a vision.


26 Jun 15:44

Allow me to conclude with the words that were quoted by minister Ebrahim Patel yesterday. They capture with great precision and importance what our current circumstances demand.

He quoted [Dr Kwame] Nkrumah when he said: "The task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge - which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve..."


26 Jun 15:07

The future must be built now. We will not succeed in either addressing the economic crisis of the present or building an inclusive future unless all South Africans play their part.

We should play our part by paying our taxes, rates and electricity.


26 Jun 15:00
We must also pay tribute to our cricket team, even though they didn’t do so well

26 Jun 14:59

Projections are that 30 million people will be living in the cities by 2030 and city space has already been taken by other development projects.

We need to find effective solutions before it gets worse.


26 Jun 14:58
We are going to monitor the commitments made at the jobs summit from the Nedlac level as we move towards the jobs targets.

26 Jun 14:54

The government's 7 priorities begins with implementation in the coming weeks and months because we are committed to doing things differently.

There will be smart targets and ministers will sign performance contracts to which they be held accountable.


26 Jun 14:49

We have intensified the fight against corruption across government.

The Zondo Commission of Inquiry is doing a great work to unearth what happened in the past


26 Jun 14:47

We need to fix our municipalities. Local government is the engine of service delivery in our nation.

The AG report released earlier today talks about deteriorating levels of accountability and this is concerning. We support the call by the president of SALGA that we should professionalise local government.


26 Jun 14:47

26 Jun 14:46
The most fundamental right of our people is to live in safe communities. Part of our response is to increase police visibility

26 Jun 14:43

26 Jun 14:40
The Infrastructure Fund is where the public-private partnership will find practical meaning through joint funding arrangements, deployment of skills and management

26 Jun 14:38

26 Jun 14:37

Ramaphosa says parliament will have to deal with the Land Expropriation Without Compensation Bill to achieve agrarian reform and spatial justice.

"We want to make all rights visible"


26 Jun 14:36
We will soon release the report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform

26 Jun 14:33

26 Jun 14:31
In the recent engagement with executives of some of the country's largest SOEs, it was agreed to work together through the Presidential SOE council.

26 Jun 14:26

I would like to see business people travel with us when we visit African countries. We must work towards a time when SA made goods can be found on the shelves of every store on the continent.


26 Jun 14:23

South Africa is beginning to make progress.

Ramaphosa says to create jobs the country is in need of a reinvigorated industrial strategy


26 Jun 14:22

Ramaphosa says the government is set to hold a second investment drive.

"We are working hard to get local investors to invest in our economy", he adds.


26 Jun 14:19
We need to stimulate growth in our economy, we need inclusive growth to ensure that we can reduce our national debt

26 Jun 14:19
They will be no shortcuts and quick fixes, but recovering the economy of the country will take some time. We need to stimulate growth in our economy to create jobs

26 Jun 14:18

Ramaphosa says he doesn't see the inputs of members as oppositional.



26 Jun 14:12

The SONA was not merely about dreams. It was about the lived realities of South Africans.

Ramaphosa says this SONA was also about setting out the 7 priorities of his administration.


26 Jun 14:10

26 Jun 14:04

Ramaphosa thanks MPs and South Africans for responding to his speech.

"Many South African's became part of the SONA debate"


26 Jun 14:04
Parliament is in session now

26 Jun 13:59

26 Jun 13:54

Meanwhile, DA MP Natasha Mazzone took the opportunity the debate told to President Cyril Ramaphosa she took umbrage at some of the MPs the ANC have nominated to become chairpersons of parliamentary committees.

"Speaker, through you, I use the opportunity I have today to speak to the president, not as a politician, not as a member of an opposing political party, but as a patriotic fellow South African. I am outraged and frustrated more than any words could explain at the blatant slap in the face that all South Africans were recently dealt when the ANC announced its proposed chairpersons of our parliamentary committees," she said.

"I took it as a personal left hook to the jaw when I read with utter disbelief that the very man who was accused of offering a blank cheque to advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, the evidence leader in the public enterprises inquiry into state capture at Eskom, will be rewarded with a chairperson's seat."


26 Jun 13:50

ICYMI: The EFF called Pravin Gordhan a 'constitutional delinquent' and staged a walk out during his response to the SONA debate

The EFF continued its feud with Minister of State Enterprises Pravin Gordhan during the debate on the SONA.

As Gordhan took his stand behind the National Assembly Chamber's podium, EFF leader Julius Malema got to his feet.

"I don't think it would be advisable for Mr Gordhan to address us," Malema said.


26 Jun 13:47

'Come clear' on campaign donations, Malema challenges Ramaphosa

"Come clear" on who funded your campaign to become ANC president, EFF leader Julius Malema challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa during the SONA debate.

Malema said there was no chance of winning the fight against corruption if the president was involved in allegations of money laundering.

"We want the president to come clear, to explain and take the country into confidence, as to who are the people who have donated money in the CR17 campaign and what do they stand to benefit," Malema said.


26 Jun 13:45

7 memorable SONA debate quotes on the economy

From bullet trains to busting corruption - here are some notable quotes from the SONA debate compiled by Fin24.


26 Jun 13:43
Ramaphosa’s address, last week on Thursday, highlighted seven principles and five goals for the next decade to improve South Africa’s socio-economic prospects. While the African National Congress hailed the address as frank but ambitious, the opposition derided it for a lack of detail.

26 Jun 13:43
Members of Parliament set the tone for an eventful five years ahead for the sixth administration when they debated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of The Nation Address in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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