Do you find Sona a bit of a drag? Well, just look at it in a new ...


Do you find Sona a bit of a drag? Well, just look at it in a new way

Let’s face it, it’s usually the most deflating night of the year. But not any more if you follow these simple guidelines


The State of the Nation address will be disappointing because it always is. This is our collective agreement. Those are the rules.

I don’t know why we do it, but we do and it’s always the same. For a single evening we allow ourselves to disconnect from our stoic, defensive pragmatism and our hopes of glacial, incremental change, and throw ourselves headlong down the super-tube of political escapism.

Having heard nothing but a dry and dusty monotone for decades, we suddenly expect towering oratory. Having spent a year listening to Cyril Ramaphosa try to convince us that his government really does know how to generate electricity, we suddenly expect him to announce that every citizen will be issued their own unicorn with saddlebags full of gold doubloons...

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