The two parties expressed disappointments following the address. According to the DA: This was once again a SONA of unworkable plans rooted in the failed ideology of central command and control. A SONA of “sector master plans” developed by people who’ve never started or run a business. The ANC mantra is Power to the state. The DA mantra is Power to the people.
The DA leader, John Steenhuisen, said that President Cyril Ramaphosa failed to protect the people, economy and democracy of this country. Steenhuisen said he expected to hear about real progress and solutions to deal with challenges this country is faced with.
“South Africa is in deep, deep trouble. We’re a bus accelerating toward a cliff. People are suffering terribly and much more suffering is on the horizon. Lives are at stake. The situation is truly urgent. It calls for radical action that goes to the heart of the problem, which is an over-controlling, incapable, unaccountable state,” he said
The DA said Ramaphosa failed to make the commitments that will ensure a rapid vaccine rollout and gave no assurance that his government will publish a transparent, detailed vaccine plan that citizens can use to hold them to account.
It added that Ramaphosa knows that a growing economy is the only way to grow jobs, employment, tax revenues, and opportunities.
“Yet he failed to deliver an economic growth agenda. He failed to make it clear to the nation that the people who start and build productive enterprises are the good guys, not the bad buys.”
“He failed to announce progress and action on making it easier to do business in South Africa. Even though most of these action steps simply entail getting his government to move out of the way.” The DA said
Meanwhile speaking to Newzroom Afrika EFF Deputy President, Floyd Shivambu, said: There is nothing fundamentally new about President Cyril Ramaphosa‘s speech. There is nothing different that he said now that he hasn’t said before. This amounts to insanity and insanity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Shivambu asked about the state of the economy in the country. He said 10 million people have no jobs, 2 million lost their jobs during the pandemic and the economy was growing at a negative even before the pandemic.
In his address President Cyril Ramaphosa the public sector has a responsibility to stimulate job creation both through its policies and through direct job creation opportunities.
“By the end of January 2021, over 430,000 opportunities have already been supported through the stimulus. A further 180,000 opportunities are currently in the recruitment process.” Ramaphosa said
He added that these opportunities are in areas like education, arts and culture, global business services, early childhood development, and small-scale and subsistence farming.