Parliament says it will have to arrange a date to debate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement on Thursday about the country’s economic recovery.


Ramaphosa has requested a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament to announce government’s plan on economic affairs after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown to level one.

The video below previews what is likely to come out of the economic recovery plan:

The programming committee of the National Assembly represented with all the parties in Parliament has agreed that Ramaphosa’s announcement should be treated like the state of the nation address.


Chairperson of the National Assembly Thandi Modise says by the end of business today, a date on the reply to Ramaphosa’s announcement should be already been known.

“We shall then have a considered debate on the matter on a date that we should agree to. I would have been happy with members if we are more specific with the date arising out of today’s programme. So that members can go into this particular afternoon ready to debate on this particular afternoon,” explains Modise.