SONA 2019: Privatisation, Empty Job Promises & Disruptions

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa is said to announce at tonight’s State of the Nations Address (SONA) that Eskom, will be broken up into three separate units comprising of generation, transmission and distribution business units.

Themba Godi of The African People’s Convention (APC) says there will be no inspiration coming from the upcoming SONA. He highlighted the crisis at Eskom – the privatisation of Eskom, the “illegal” and “treachery” of signing contracts with the Independent Power Suppliers (IPPs) against the leadership of Eskom and at exorbitant amounts and the blatant refusal by the Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe to disclose the owners of these IPPs as a sign that its business as usual under Ramaphosa. Listen to the full video above.

On the creation of jobs, the government website says: “on Day 232 post-SONA, we took a crucial step towards that goal. The Presidential Jobs Summit agrees on a set of measures expected to lead to the creation of 275,000 jobs a year”. http://sona.org.za/jobs#SONA2019

Godi says every president has sung the same song of creating jobs and none have been able to deliver.

Will the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stick to its earlier threat to disrupt Sona?

Two weeks ago the EFF threatened to disrupt SONA if President Cyril Ramaphosa didn’t come clean on his association with BOSASA and the R500,000 donated to his campaign.

“Ramaphosa will be the one disrupting the Sona because we cannot sit when we have a president who has lied. We cannot be addressed by someone on serious matters of the state when he has committed an impeachable offence. So, if Ramaphosa continues without addressing the Bosasa matter, he will be the one disrupting the Sona,” said the party’s Dali Mpofu.

The Presidency says any threat to disrupt the State of the Nation Address is undermining the institutions that have been set up to deal with challenges.


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