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#SONA2014: Cosatu wants election promises addressed

Patrick Craven said SONA must address what economic policy will drive government over the next five years.

Preparations underway for SONA 2014. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - As President Jacob Zuma prepares to deliver his State of the Nation Addres s (SONA) tonight, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it hopes he'll unveil details around how the ANC will deliver on its election promises, particularly those related to the economy.

Zuma is due to speak at 7 pm with South Africa's economy expected to be a major focus.

While the trade union federation calls for clarity on promises of radical change and state intervention, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said it hopes to see a "business friendly" theme.

The chamber's Neren Rau said this SONA is different to others Zuma has had to deliver.

"The president is under enormous pressure to address concerns related to the economy in a strong and effective manner."

Cosatu's Patrick Craven said Zuma's speech must put to rest confusion over what economic policy will drive government over the next five years.

"There's been a lot of talk about transforming the economy and job creation but we're not making progress, we're actually going backwards."

Zuma's address comes against the backdrop of a crippling strike in the platinum sector, an unstable electricity demand and a slow growing economy.

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