President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday under the theme 'following up on our commitments, making your future work better'.
This Sona will be the final address in this current political term and parliamentary presiding officers have promised that this year's ceremonial budget has been cut tremendously as compared to other years.
What key issues will Ramaphosa address, will his speech be groundbreaking or will it be a disappointment?
EWN reporter Lindsay Dentlinger who is covering the Sona, says all the preparations have been made citing that there is also police presence around the precinct.
She adds today's Sona will be cost-effective as Parliament has cut down the budget to 47% lower than that of 2018.
Besides the austerity measures, Parliament is trying to toe the line in terms of being more careful on how they spend their money. This is the year that there will be two states of the nation addresses thus them cutting down on a lot of the thrills and frills.— Lindsay Dentlinger, Reporter - EWN
A political analyst based the UKZN Lukhona Mguni says he expects Ramaphosa to take stock of how far last year's message Thuma Mina has gone and how South Africans have responded to it.
He will probably take stock in terms of the changes made in various state-owned enterprises and in various state institutions as a way of rebuilding confidence in the criminal justice system.— Lukhona Mguni, Political analyst - UKZN
We want a much more practical and rooted plan on what should happen to organisations such as Eskom.— Lukhona Mguni, Political analyst - UKZN
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This article first appeared on 702 : Sona 2019 needs to present 'more rooted and practical plans', says pundit