President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his 6th State of the Nation Address since he became the head of state, on Thursday 10 February 2022.
The State of the Nation Address was delivered at the Cape Town Hall for the first time since the country’s democracy following the fire that broke at Parliament at the beginning of the year.
However, most South Africans waited with anticipation for the State of the Nation Address with the hopes of learning of solutions to the rate of unemployment in this country.
The unemployment rate has increased instead of declining since Mr. President’s previous speeches promising one million job creation. The rate of unemployment is sitting at 34.9% an increase to the 30% of the last SONA the president has the president.
“We all know that Government does not create jobs but businesses create jobs”
Mr. President has stated that the government does not create jobs but opens opportunities for the private sector to invest and create jobs. 80 percent of people of South Africa are employed in the private sector.
In addition, Mr. President has stated that the major cause of unemployment in the country is low growth which resulted in a decline in investments. Electricity is another factor that is a threat to economic and social progress.
Furthermore, in his State of the Nation Address, Mr. President has added that exceptional measures to empower businesses to grow and generate employment in working with public employment and social protection.
Despite the president’s speech, South Africans are not impressed with how he addressed the unemployment rate as the president promised one million jobs in the last 4 years but somehow changed his tone and states that businesses create jobs. Many feel like the president has come up with problems instead of bringing solutions to the unemployment rate at its peak.
Here are some of the people who are not impressed with the speech when it comes to unemployment.
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