The Democratic Alliance’s  (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen says he hopes President Cyril Ramaphosa will use the State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening to announce wide ranging reforms that will fundamentally alter the economy.

He says the President should also deal decisively with State Owned entities and service delivery backlogs.

Steenhuisen is among the scores of politicians who will be in the house when Ramaphosa addresses the nation.

He says Ramaphosa must seriously address the issues facing Eskom.

“We have to give power back to the people in South Africa and that means we’ve got to break the state’s monopoly on Eskom so we can get rid of these rolling blackouts.”

In the video below, Political Analyst Dr Sithembile Mbete and Senior Lecturer  at University of Johannesburg  Professor Peter Baur talk about some of the issues expected to be covered by President Cyril Ramaphosa when he delivers SONA: 

The majority of political parties in Parliament are calling on the President to give concrete, implementable plans that will deal with the challenges facing the country.

They say President Ramaphosa must address high unemployment levels, maladministration at State-Owned Enterprises as well as their continuous drainage on the national fiscus.