President Cyril Ramaphosa’s credibility at stake, says IRR

11 February 2021, 5:18 PM
South Africans will be listening critically to today’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), and President Ramaphosa must know that his credibility, whatever might be left of it, is at stake, writes Hermann Pretorius.
Investec Cape Town Arts Fair
Cape Town at the center of Africa’s art world 15 February 2020, 12:50 PM

Thousands of people descend on Cape Town, for the Investec Cape Town Arts Fair, which coincides with SONA.

Cosatu to protest in Cape Town ahead of SONA 13 February 2020, 6:16 AM

Cosatu in the Western Cape is expected to embark on a two-hour long protest on Thursday at the Grand Parade in the Cape Town CBD, ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's State-of-the-Nation-Address.

Bradley van Sitters
Bradley van Sitters defends SONA performance 22 June 2019, 9:28 PM

At least two native Khoekhoegowab language speakers have accused poet and rapper Bradley van Sitters of speaking gibberish when ushering in President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Address on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Govt to focus on economy, jobs, education and health: Ramaphosa 20 June 2019, 9:22 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will focus on a number of priorities, including economic transformation, job creation, education, skills and health in the next decade.

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Government and private sector have joined forces to create jobs: Ramaphosa 20 June 2019, 9:16 PM

The private sector has joined hands with government to create the much-needed jobs in the country.

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Two million young people to be employed in the next 10 years: Ramaphosa 20 June 2019, 8:51 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to ensure that two million young people are employed in the next 10 years.

President Ramaphosa and Dr Motsepe
We have to make difficult choices: Ramaphosa 20 June 2019, 8:30 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says now is the time that we have to make difficult choices that will not please everyone. Speaking during his State of the Nation Address Ramaphosa says that if goals set out in the NDP are to be met by the 6th administration, they must have specific targets towards which they must work.

Parly a hive of activity as SONA nears 20 June 2019, 6:02 PM

All eyes will be on President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday night as he delivers his third state-of-the-nation address, which will be his first address as head of government in the sixth administration. Amongst the 1 200 guests expected to arrive for the SONA are former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.

Patricia de Lille
New parties set out expectations for SONA 20 June 2019, 5:30 PM

New players in the political space, and Parliament's new kids on the block, GOOD and African Transformation Movement (ATM) have strong expectations of President Ramaphosa’s administration.

Parliament prep
Cele applauds police preparations ahead of SONA 20 June 2019, 4:06 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says all preparations are in place for President Cyril Ramaphosa's State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on Thursday evening.

Mothapo says it’s all systems go ahead of Sona 20 June 2019, 3:28 PM

Parlimentary spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo says they are ready for the formal program to start ahead of the first State Of the Nation Address of the sixth administration.

Rural women hoping SONA addresses their socio-economic conditions 20 June 2019, 3:00 PM

Among the most marginalised of South African citizens, rural women are hoping the President's State of the Nation speech addresses their economic challenges.

President Ramaphosa and Dr Motsepe
Ramaphosa must be realistic and promise less: Analyst 20 June 2019, 2:46 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa must set achievable short, medium and long terms goals, and promise less. This according to political analyst and research director at Unisa's democracy and governance programme, Professor Lesiba Teffo.

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Youth challenge for president to create jobs ahead of SONA 20 June 2019, 2:19 PM

The youth in Pretoria are challenging President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver on his promise to create jobs.

Several streets closed ahead of SONA 19 June 2019, 6:27 AM

Several Cape Town streets were closed to traffic on Tuesday night as members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) started their rehearsal for the State Of the Nation Address.

Parliament’s Presiding Officers led by the National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Amos Masondo have provided details about all aspects of the 6th Parliament’s State of readiness to host SONA by the Head of State.
Parliament confident SONA will not be disrupted 13 June 2019, 3:12 PM

Parliament will spend about two million rands on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address (SONA) next Thursday.

DA members picket in N West during SOPA 15 February 2019, 3:12 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on authorities in the North West, to ensure that they prioritise rural safety.

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota
Ramaphosa takes a knock in SONA debate 13 February 2019, 9:55 PM

The second day of debate on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) was harsher towards President Cyril Ramaphosa than the first - not only because of government's failures but allegations directed at him personally.

Lekota drops Parly bombshell on Ramaphosa 13 February 2019, 6:34 PM

COPE Leader Mosioua Lekota has brought the National Assembly to complete quiet, followed but murmurs of startle when he accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of selling him and other comrades out to the apartheid special branch.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Opposition parties censure Ramaphosa in SONA debate 13 February 2019, 4:53 PM

Opposition parties in Parliament have for the second consecutive day criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa for not taking action when things were going wrong in the country in the past few years.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Corruption and Eskom crisis features in SONA debate 12 February 2019, 6:22 PM

The challenges facing power utility Eskom and corruption featured strongly during the debate on the State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

Mmusi Maimane
SONA now stands for State of No Action: Maimane 12 February 2019, 4:10 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed the governing African National Congress (ANC) for what he says was the creating of the conditions for the massive loadshedding that has hit the country.

Police officer lays assault charges on EFF MP 9 February 2019, 1:22 PM

A police officer has opened an assault case against a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after an incident in parliament.

Opposition parties react to SONA 7 February 2019, 10:22 PM

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has described President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s speech as “a state of no action.”

South Africans to head to polls on 8 May 7 February 2019, 9:02 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africans will vote in the general election this year on the 8 May.

Govt has made strides to transform economy : Ramaphosa 7 February 2019, 8:18 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says since last year work has been done to transform the economy.

WATCH MPs on the SONA 2019 red carpet 7 February 2019, 7:38 PM

Guests walked down the red carpet ahead of the State Of the Nation Address in Parliament.

[Watch] President Ramaphosa delivers SONA 2019 7 February 2019, 6:42 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his annual State of the National Address.

Ramaphosa expected to focus corruption 7 February 2019, 6:39 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is about to deliver the State of the Nation Address at 7 o'clock. It is expected that he will speak about corruption.

SONA guests walk down red carpet 7 February 2019, 4:43 PM

Guests are starting to walk down the red carpet ahead of Thursday's opening of Parliament. This is the time of the afternoon when Members of Parliament get to show off their finest outfits.