Malema’s SONA debate speech marred by shouting match

The debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) descended into a shouting match in the National Assembly after an ANC MP accused EFF leader Julius Malema of domestic violence. As Malema made his way to the podium, following Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, National Council[…]

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Ramaphosa delivers a more honest “state of the nation”

While President Cyril Ramphosa’s fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) was once again filled with ambitious plans, many continue to question the practicality of its implementation. In a colourful event on Thursday evening, not short of drama, Ramaphosa outlined his vision for South Africa’s future. Aside from the professional[…]

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No more ’empty’ SONA promises: analysts

President Cyril Ramaphosa must be brave enough to give a real diagnosis of South Africa when he delivers his State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening, several economists agreed. Ramphosa’s fourth address – since taking over the presidency in February 2018 – comes as the economy continues to limp[…]

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Cape Town to picket Trump’s ‘steal of the century’

As protests erupt in Palestine and other countries in opposition to US President Donald Trump’s controversial Middle East ‘peace plan’, South African civil society will also hold pickets in Cape Town. Palestinian solidarity groups will mobilise on Wednesday at Parliament, ahead of the upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA)[…]

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Ramaphosa vows to recover R14 bln stolen through corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to recover almost R14 billion that has been stolen from taxpayers through corruption. Delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday evening, Ramaphosa says government is taking steps to fight corruption and state capture by bolstering the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and[…]

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Second SONA 2019: Parliament confirms date and time

With the new Cabinet Ministers appointed, President Cyril Ramaphosa will now turn his focus to the State of the Nation Address (SONA 2019), where he will outline the vision and plans for the country. Related: SONA 2019 well delivered: Now it’s time for action, Mr. Ramaphosa When is the second SONA 2019[…]

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SONA now stands for State of No Action: Maimane

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed the governing African National Congress (ANC) for what he says was the creating of the conditions for the massive loadshedding that has hit the country. He was speaking in parliament during the debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address[…]

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