Eastern Cape govt says Sopa to be different from previous address

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The Eastern Cape government says Tuesday’s State of the Province Address (Sopa) will not be the same as other presentations made over the years.

A culmination of work started by Premier Oscar Mabuyane during his tenure as the MEC for finance where he announced amongst other things the financing of strategic projects – will be updated.


The Premier will also give updates on policy instruments, the work done in engaging with key state entities as well as working with private companies to grow the economy.

Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s spokesperson, Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha says,”The State of the Province Address is a business strategy of how we are moving away from poverty, how we are dealing with unemployment and and it is going to be synchronised with the budget.”

“Because the budget becomes our financials of how we are going to finance these programs. So in the budget and in the speech you will see a lot of relationships with national budget with private sector. Because we know that we cannot finance the development and transformation of our economy alone,” he adds.

The 2020 Sopa proceedings were not without drama as SABC News’ Yanga Funani reports:

In 2020, unemployment was expected to feature strongly in the Premier’s speech, as citizens, particularly the youth, were hoping to hear how he planned to tackle the challenge.