And *BOOM* that's us signing out for Sona 2019.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa is delivering his second State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening.
"With the assistance of the National Planning Commission, we reached consensus on reforms that include the National Social Security Fund, institutional arrangements, regulatory reforms, improved unemployment benefits, improved social assistance coverage, and active labour market policies for citizens between 18 and 59 years. "
"During SONA last year, we spoke at length about the huge potential that exists for the expansion of the tourism sector."
"Our concerted efforts to market South Africa as a prime destination for tourists has yielded positive results, with significant annual growth in the number of foreign visitors."
"There are around 250,000 small emerging farmers who are working the land and need support in fully developing their businesses."
"Agricultural exports are an important source of revenue for our economy, and developing our agricultural sector is key to enhancing our food security and for attracting investment.
"In addition, we have launched the Youth Employment Service, which is placing unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy."
"We call on all companies, both big and small, to participate in this initiative and thereby contribute not only to building their business but also to building the economy and fostering social cohesion."
"As part of our ongoing work to remove constraints to greater investment, we have established a team from the Presidency, Invest SA, National Treasury and the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation that will address the policy, legal, regulatory and administrative barriers that frustrate investors.
"Following our successful Investment Conference, a group of South African business leaders
moved by the spirit of Thuma Mina initiated the Public-Private Growth Initiative to facilitate focused investment plans of leading companies across 19 sectors of the economy, from mining to renewable energy, from manufacturing to agriculture."
The Thuma Mina theme is still clearly very strong this year.
"The focus we have placed on revamping industrial parks in townships and rural areas has brought about discernible change, as industrial parks that have been lying idle are becoming productive again."
"We have so far completed the revitalisation of 10 out of 16 identified industrial parks, in places such as Botshabelo, Phuthaditjhaba, Garankuwa, Isithebe, Komani and Seshego.
Ramaphosa says he wants to start off with a disclaimer when he invoked Hugh Masekela's song "Thuma Mina" when Julius Malema challenged him to sing it. "I hesitated for a while... but I thought it wise not to do so." Ramaphosa says he met with Malema on how best the song could be sung. He says they agreed that if EFF wins elections and Malema is president, then Ramaphosa will come on stage and sing. MPs have a laugh at this. Maimane will apparently be a member of this 'band'.