PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his second State of the Nation Address in parliament today.
Daily Sun asked readers what they would like the president to talk about.
- Zanele Msibi (31) from Braamfischerville, Soweto, said the big issue was unemployment.
“We need the president to tell us how he is going to help us get jobs because we are suffering.”
She said she had been unemployed for more than three years after the company she had worked for closed down.
“Many companies are closing down almost every day, which leads to job losses.”
- Nomfundo Khulu (23) from Dobsonville, Soweto, complained about the high unemployment rate.
“I’ve been sending CVs almost everywhere, but there are no jobs. We need government to help us with that,” she said.
- Xolani Sithole (26) from Mabopane, Tshwane, said he sells fruit in Auckland Park, Joburg.
“I looked for work but couldn’t find it. Instead of sitting at home, I started a small business selling fruit, but I’m still harassed by Metro cops,” he said.
“They often take my stock, claiming I’m selling it illegally. If they take my things, what am I supposed to do? Steal and be a criminal?”
- Karabo Malamba (31) from Auckland Park said government should have effective youth development programmes.
“We need skills for young people because we are nothing without skills,” he said.
- Johannes Mahlombe (27) from Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, said government should decrease the petrol price, build more hospitals and clinics, give the youth skills and create more jobs.