President Ramaphosa to deliver his second SONA in 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa and Parliament's presiding officers went to assess the preparations for SONA [image: Gov ZA/Twitter]

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation for the second time this year at the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening. This will mark the first national address by the sixth parliament after the elections that took place on 8 May 2019.

The last SONA address the President delivered was on 16 February. The main concern for the government at that time was economic growth, the management of state-owned enterprises such as ESKOM and South African Airways, land reform and looking at methods in which the country can address issues that pertain to the economic instability that South Africa may be prone to.

However, the five year plan that President Ramaphosa will present to over 56 million South Africans on Thursday night may be focused on general concerns regarding the country’s political and socio-economic issues.

The theme for the address is “Let’s Grow South Africa Together as we Celebrate 25 Years of Freedom”. This is aimed towards looking at how far the country has come after achieving democracy and freedom in 1994, and how much more still needs to be done to tackle the issues faced by the youth such as unemployment, poverty and crime.

For those in the Cape Town please be cautious of the road blocks and traffic throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, as Parliament prepares for SONA which will air live at 19:00 on various broadcasting stations.