A chaotic SONA

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Against the back­drop of chaotic and un­ac­cept­able scenes in Par­lia­ment, slow growth, mas­sive un­em­ploy­ment, an in­creas­ingly frac­tious and frac­tured coun­try, with agri­cul­ture and agribusi­ness se­verely stresstested by a drought dis­as­ter, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma de­liv­ered the 2017 State of the Na­tion Ad­dress (SONA) in Par­lia­ment on 9 Fe­bru­ary.

“By bet­ter defin­ing ‘rad­i­cal so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion’, and that it will be driven within the ex­ist­ing leg­isla­tive frame­work, is use­ful and at least a good start­ing point for fur­ther en­gage­ment,” says Dr John Pur­chase, CEO of Ag­biz. “That land re­form will be con­ducted within the am­bit of the Con­sti­tu­tion, is also a good point of de­par­ture. An in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tion though is the pro­posed amend­ment to the Com­pe­ti­tion Act to ad­dress so-called con­cen­tra­tion and Ag­biz will par­tic­i­pate in that de­bate.”

MP Phumzile van Damme at SONA 2017

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