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End In Sight For National State Of Disaster, Ramaphosa Talks Tough On Corruption

The government is giving itself 100 days to finalise a comprehensive plan to grow the economy, create jobs and combat hunger.

This was one of the key announcements by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address.

The president largely focused on cutting red tape to build the economy, dealing with corruption and improving services.

He also said plans to end the national state of disaster are being finalised.

“It is our intention to end the national state of disaster as soon as we have finalised other measures under the National Health Act and other legislation to contain the pandemic.”

The country has been under lockdown for almost two years amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 95,000 people have died from the virus so far while the economy has been in the doldrums.

Ramaphosa is talking tough about those involved in corruption and state capture, saying these injustices have a devastating effect on the economy and that trust in public institutions must be restored.

The president also said the country’s electricity crisis must be solved to grow the economy.

He also says the unemployment crisis is being caused by low growth and a decline in investment.