South African president delivers state of the nation address ~ FulloadedNg
Connect with us







promote




News

South African president delivers state of the nation address

Published

on

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

South African president

South Africa’s president declared Thursday the country’s struggling state-owned power utility Eskom “cannot be allowed to fail” and said he wants more funding to keep it afloat after its cash runs out in October.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in his first State of the Nation address since last month’s election acknowledged “enormous and severe challenges” including the economy’s sharpest decline in a decade.

That first-quarter drop of 3.2% was blamed largely on widespread power outages under Eskom, which supplies about 95% of South Africa’s electricity and relies on the government to help service its $30 billion debt.

The country’s economy, the most developed in sub-Saharan Africa, also has seen declines in key sectors such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture.

Ramaphosa said his government would table an urgent bill to allocate Eskom a “significant portion” of the 230 billion rand ($16 billion) it needs over the next decade earlier than planned, calling the utility “too vital to our economy.” He urged South Africans to pay their power bills and do their part.

The president also declared a “relentless focus on economic growth” in a country with 28% unemployment, noting that growth this year is now projected to be lower than anticipated. More than 50% of young people are unemployed, and Ramaphosa wants at least 2 million jobs created for them within the decade.

Public dissatisfaction with the economy and corruption led to the ruling African National Congress party’s 57.5% electoral victory, its weakest showing since coming to power in 1994 after the end of the harsh system of racial discrimination known as apartheid.

Ramaphosa in his address to parliament called for a focus on creating jobs, improving education, reducing hunger and inequality and halving violent crime over the next decade.

He also made an unusual call to construct “the first entirely new city built in the democratic era,” saying the dream was sparked by conversations with a handful of “wonderful” people including Chinese President Xi Jinping and his account of building a new city outside Beijing.

“Has the time not arrived for us to be bold and reach beyond ourselves and do what we believe is impossible?” Ramaphosa asked, saying some 75% of South Africans will be living in cities by 2030 as people continue to migrate from rural areas. His comments drew loud murmurs from lawmakers and questions afterward about who will pay.

The reference to China in the high-profile speech came a day before the United States’ top diplomat to Africa, Tibor Nagy, will make a speech in Johannesburg on U.S.-Africa diplomacy at a time when the U.S. is trying to counter the growing influence on the booming continent of China, Russia, Gulf countries and others.

On the sensitive issue of land reform to help address South Africa’s long-standing inequalities, Ramaphosa said a much anticipated report by an advisory panel had been received and will be presented to the Cabinet for consideration. In the meantime, he said, government would begin to release state-owned land for home construction and farming.

South Africa’s top opposition parties said Ramaphosa’s speech lacked details and a clear plan.

Julius Malema with the Economic Freedom Fighters said the address was too imaginative and avoided the land question, while Mmusi Maimane with the Democratic Alliance said it was vague on how to turn South Africa’s economy around. Declaring 10-year goals “means very little to people who desperately need immediate change,” Maimane said.

Ramaphosa, who first took office in February 2018 after the ANC forced scandal-plagued former President Jacob Zuma to resign, again said corruption had no place in his government and that “we need to ensure that public money stolen is returned” and used to provide basic services to the people.

A widely watched commission of inquiry into graft during Zuma’s administration wants the former president to appear before it and answer questions next month but on Thursday said that Zuma was not entitled to request the questions in advance.

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

4,207 total views, 5 views today

Advertisement

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Reply

  Subscribe  
Notify of

News

OAU Student Pours Sniper Into Her Bunkmates Mouth During An Argument (Photos)

Published

on

Prev post
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Apparently, a girl in Mozambique hall in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife poured sniper into her bunk mates mouth during an argument.
The victim is now at the health centre pleading that they do all they can to make her live.
According to a source, the said victim is foaming and bleeding profusely.
However, the security officers arrived the crime scene in time and took custody of the culprit.
https://9jaflaver.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Screenshot_2019-07-20-OAU-Student-Pours-Sniper-Into-Her-Bunkmates-Mouth-During-An-Argument-Photos-Crime-Nigeria.png

Prev post
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

101 total views, 101 views today

Continue Reading

News

I’ve never seen INEC server, PDP witness tells court

Published

on

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

The witness said he only heard about a “central server” from the INEC chairman.


Former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, says he has never seen the server used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for collation of results.

Chidoka, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is also witness in a case challenging President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 presidential election.Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, had claimed that he defeated President Buhari with at least 1.6 million votes according to data obtained from the INEC server.

Speaking at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday, July 19, 2019, Chidoka said he does not know what the server looks like.

Chidoka, who was a collation officer during the election, maintained that the INEC chairman had said that results would be transmitted from card readers to the central server.“I have not seen the server but INEC consistently told us of the server and the INEC Chairman at the national collation of results of the election acknowledged the existence of the server,” he said.

“I was there when the results were collated,” Chidoka emphasised.
He acknowledged that collation of results was also done manually

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

253 total views, 49 views today

Continue Reading

Album

Burna Boy set to drop new Album titled “African giant”(Photos)

Published

on

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Burnaboy to realease new Album “African giant”

Nigerian Award-winning singer, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy has unveiled cover and release date for his forthcoming project titled African Giant.
The spaceship leader, Burna Boy has completely made the album and he is ready to set it out a few days from now.

Hence, the singer took to his Twitter handler today to share the release date of his forthcoming studio project ‘African Giant’ alongside with the cover art.
According to him and Spaceship Entertainment, the album is scheduled to be released later this month on the 26th of July. Like we already know it will be compiled of new tracks and previously released like ‘Dangote‘, ‘Anybody‘, ‘On the Low‘ and more.Furthermore, the project will serve as a follow up to his OUTSIDE album which he releases January Last year.

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

491 total views, 123 views today

Continue Reading

News

Odion Ighalo wins Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot

Published

on

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Odion Ighalo wins Africa Cup of Nations Golden BootOdion Ighalo has won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot for the first time, having scored five goals for Nigeria in the Championship.
The 30-year-old moved two goals clear of Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, Cedric Bakambu and Sadio Mane following his first-half strike against Tunisia in the third place match.
It marked Ighalo’s first Golden Boot in his debut Afcon as that helped the Super Eagles finish third in Egypt.

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

396 total views, 56 views today

Continue Reading

News

WWE has given The Undertaker and Roman Reigns a tag team name for their new merchandise

Published

on

By

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

Roman Reigns and The Undertaker will team up on Sunday night at Extreme Rules and all signs point to this being a one-time thing as a team but that hasn’t stopped WWE from coming up with a name for them for merchandise purposes.
Just in time for their big match against Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre, WWE has created shirts to represent the team. As you can see below, they are being dubbed “The Graveyard Dogs.”
It’s actually a clever shirt and clever marketing to sell some shirts in Philadelphia and through WWE.com.
The Undertaker has always talked about the ring being his yard and Roman Reigns has done the same in recent years.
Taker returned to action at Super ShowDown in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and then he shocked the fans when he apperaed on Monday Night Raw when Reigns was being beaten by McMahon and McIntyre. From what I’m told, Taker’s new contract includes more appearances and matches this year so we’ll see him in the ring at least once more after Extreme Rules. In fact, he is advertised for a big match at
SummerSlam . Click here to see who WWE says he is scheduled to wrestle on the show.
Meanwhile, Shane McMahon is feuding with Kevin Owens on SmackDown Live while also feuding with Reigns. I’m told that the Reigns/McMahon feud is about to wrap up because tey have other plans for Reigns as WWE begins the hype for SummerSlam in a couple of days.

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse

771 total views, 41 views today

Continue Reading

Trending Post

Copyright © 2019 Theme Fulloaded.com™

Welcome to FulloadedNg

wpChatIcon