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EDITORIAL | Sona: much to like, but we want to see it actioned

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EDITORIAL | Sona: much to like, but we want to see it actioned

Ramaphosa didn’t squander his chance to assert his authority on Thursday, but key now will be action and results

Editorial

Thursday was a big night for President Cyril Ramaphosa. Shortly after 7pm, as he stood up to address the nation, he did so with a series of darkening clouds hanging over his head.

The ANC, which he leads, is deeply divided, a situation that could worsen in the run-up to and aftermath of its national elective conference in December. On top of this, SA is facing unprecedented levels of unemployment — youth unemployment in particular — and record-high fuel prices, along with spiralling food costs. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are a mess, for the most part, and Ramaphosa’s administration is riddled with allegations of corruption and malfeasance.

The president’s state of the nation address (Sona) also came just days after Eskom implemented stage 2 load-shedding and a mere seven months after the violent “failed insurrection” of July 2021, in which, according to an expert panel, R50bn was “wiped” from the country’s economy and more than 300 people left dead...

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