Cyril’s top 10: key points from president’s manifesto for SA
Ramaphosa's address contained almost 9,000 words, and we read all of them so you don’t have to
It contained almost 9,000 words, and we read it so you don’t have to.
Here are 10 of the key points from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address on Thursday.
1. Spooks get a shake-up
“I will soon be announcing a number of urgent steps to enable the reconstitution of a professional national intelligence capability. Among the steps will be the re-establishment of the national security council chaired by the president in order to ensure better co-ordination of the intelligence and security related functions of the state as well as the re-establishment of two arms of our intelligence service, one focusing on domestic and the other on foreign intelligence.”
2. Red lines through red tape
“We have established a team that will address the policy, legal, regulatory and administrative barriers that frustrate investors. This team will report progress to cabinet on a monthly basis. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business report currently ranks South Africa 82 out of 190 countries tracked. We have set ourselves the target of being among the top 50 global performers within the next three years.”
3. Make local lekker
“We will pursue measures to increase local demand through, among other things, increasing the proportion of local goods and services procured both by government and the private sector. Increasing local demand, and reducing the consumption of imports, is important because it increases the opportunities for producers within South Africa to serve a growing market. Through this we will intensify the 'buy South Africa' programme.”
4. Smallanyana businesses
“Given the key role that small businesses play in stimulating economic activity and employment – and in advancing broad-based empowerment – we are focusing this year on significantly expanding our small business incubation programme. Township digital hubs will be established, initially in four provinces. We expect these hubs to provide a most-needed entrepreneurial service to small and medium enterprises in the rural areas and townships but more especially to young people who want to start their businesses.”
5. No experience? No problem
“As government, we have decided that the requirement for work experience at entry-level in state institutions will be done away with. Our young people need to be given a real head start in the world of work. They should not face barriers and hindrances as they seek to find work.”
6. Coming in to land
“An advisory panel of experts established to advise government on its land reform programme is expected to table its report by the end of March. As part of accelerating land reform, we have identified land parcels owned by the state for redistribution. Strategically located land will be released to address human settlements needs in urban and peri-urban areas."
7. Welcome to the world
“In the past year we had 10 million tourists. We intend to raise this to 21 million by 2030. Our highest priority this year will be the introduction of a world class e-visa regime. This, combined with enhanced destination marketing and measures to strengthen tourism safety, will create the conditions for the growth we envisage, and the jobs and opportunities that will follow.”
8. Eskom’s great divide
“We shall immediately embark on a process of establishing three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – under Eskom Holdings. This will ensure that we isolate cost and give responsibility to each appropriate entity. This will also enable Eskom to be able to raise funding for its various operations much more easily from funders and the market.”
9. The big clean-up
“There is an urgent need to establish in the office of the national director of public prosecutions an investigating directorate dealing with serious corruption and associated offences. The directorate will focus on the evidence that has emerged from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, other commissions and disciplinary inquiries. It will identify priority cases to investigate and prosecute and will recover assets identified to be the proceeds of corruption.”
10. Vote, the beloved country
The national and provincial elections will be on May 8, just 90 days away. After which ... another state of the nation address.