President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his eighth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at 19h00 tonight, 8 February.
The address will be streamed and broadcasted through several channels, such as news channels, radio stations, DStv, and live-streaming sources like YouTube.
You can watch the SONA from the following sources:
- DStv channel 408
The SONA will also be streamed live below:
Just like during the 2019 SONA, the President may announce the date for the 2024 National and Provincial elections.
Yesterday, the President’s spokesperson said that an announcement on the election date will be made within 15 days.
There may also be new news on the government turning the R350 Social Relief and Distress (SRD) into a permanent basic income grant.
Although the National Treasury warned that these grants are unsustainable unless new sources of revenue are created, senior government officials, including the President, have highlighted the strong need for a basic income grant.
The Treasury has also been working with the Presidency on a plan to restructure the cabinet, which has grown since Ramaphosa took office in 2018.
The President may thus announce concrete steps to reduce the number of ministers and merge departments.
Additionally, there will likely be further elaboration on the energy and rail constraints facing the country.
Although the private sector has been enlisted to help with the matters, these issues are expected to continue hurting the economy for the coming months and years.
Finally, the National Health Insurance Bill may receive further attention, with the President promising to sign it into law before the end of his current term.
The legislation, which plans to create government-managed universal healthcare, has been vehemently opposed by the private sector, South African consumers, healthcare professionals, and even the parliament’s own legal team.
Several legal battles are expected should the Bill be signed into law in its current form.