Thuma mina, says the new President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa
Newly elected President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of parliament on 16 February 2018.
President Ramaphosa stressed that this year will be used to reinforce commitment to ethical beahaviour and ethical leadership guided by Nelson Mandela’s example. “Our task, as South Africans, is to seize this moment of hope and renewal, and to work together to ensure that it makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our people”, said the President.
Turning to the importance of social grants in alleviating poverty President Ramaphosa said, social grants remain a vital lifeline for millions of our people living in poverty.
The President used the SoNA to also allay fears to beneficiaries of social grants that no disruption will take place. “I want to personally allay fears of any disruption to the efficient delivery of this critical service, and will take action to ensure no person in government is undermining implementation deadlines set by the court”, he underlined.
Furthermore, he told the Nation that work on the permanent public sector – led hybrid model, which will allow for public and private sector service providers to offer beneficiaries maximum choice, access and convenience is to be finalized.
Generally, the speech also focused on the youth, and outlined initiatives to help them play a role in the mainstream economy, the agricultural sector and boldly highlighted that tourism is going to be jerked up and the country to be positioned as the tourism destination of choice. Great efforts will also be made in ensuring that health, education, corruption, economic transformation, mining and other key sectors are given priority.