President Cyril Ramaphosa must set achievable short, medium and long terms goals, and promise less. This is according to political analyst and Research Director at Unisa’s Democracy and Governance programme, Professor Lesiba Teffo.

Speaking to SABC News ahead of President Ramaphosa’s highly anticipated State of the Nation Address, Teffo says Ramaphosa must provide clear achievable programmes – with timelines.

“Give us programmes and timelines as to how things will be addressed.”

Interview with Prof. Lesiba Teffo: 

Key issues such as unemployment, poverty, education, the state of the economy and infrastructure are expected to be the focus ofthe President’s speech.

Professor of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, Amanda Gouws says how Ramaphosa plans to further stimulate the economy will top the agenda in the Sona.

In 2018, Ramaphosa announced that the government planned to reprioritise R50 billion in spending to fund the economic stimulus package. He said that government would spend R400 billion on infrastructure development over the following three fiscal years and promised that a team of skilled specialists would be appointed to the office of the Presidency to oversee the project.

Gouws suggests that despite the announcements previously made, there is a lack of detail on how exactly Ramaphosa plans to ensure economic growth.

Another issue that is still outstanding is that of land reform, particularly in relation to the proposed amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution, to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.

Gouws suggests too that short-term priorities for the President includes how he will deal with ailing state-owned enterprises.

“Looking at the parastatals, specifically Eskom, that’s short-term and long-term. Both Eskom and SAA are in crisis.”

Interview with Prof. Amanda Gouws: