President Cyril Ramaphosa: 2020 State of the Nation Address

State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Parliament, Cape Town

On 13 February 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the State of the Nation Address. In his speech Ramaphosa advised the country on the state of its Education; Health; Energy; Transport; Water; Policing; Infrastructure, Youth and Women Empowerment; Investment and Jobs; Land reform as well as the successes and challenges of both local and national government. Below are some of the key highlights from the 2020 SONA:


  • 6.8 million – South Africans who know their HIV status.
  • 5 million – people who have been initiated on antiretroviral treatment.


  • 3 to 12 months – period to initiate the procurement of emergency power from projects that can deliver electricity into the grid.
  • 120 – days within which the National Energy Regulator will process all applications by commercial and industrial users to produce electricity for own use above 1 MW.


  • R1.6 billion – amount reprioritised to support an emergency action plan until the end of the current financial year.
  • Over R700 billion – potential investments to public infrastructure sectors over the next 10 years.

Youth and Women empowerment

  • 1 000 – young entrepreneurs receiving grant funding and business support from the National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Small Business Development in the next 100 days.
  • R10 billion – own and partner funding by the Industrial Development Corporation for women-empowered businesses over the next five years.

Investment and jobs

  • R1.2 trillion – target of investment in the next five years.
  • R250 billion – value of 27 projects in implementation phase.


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