'This is not just a dream': Twitter weighs in on Ramaphosa’s Sona debate response

27 June 2019 - 10:26 By Unathi Nkanjeni
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Image: Esa Alexander

President Cyril Ramaphosa's response to the state of the nation address debate on Wednesday (Sona) has drawn mixed reaction.

While some South Africans remain bewildered by his dream of a "smart city", Ramaphosa reiterated his vision, even quoting the Bible to get opposition leaders and others to rally behind his dream.

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In his Sona, Ramaphosa said: "I dream of a South Africa where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises, with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories."

According to Ramaphosa, his dream is what South Africa wants.

He said due to the country facing significant backlogs in housing, schools, clinics, social services and land, it was time to "confront reality".

He rejected DA leader Mmusi Maimane's claims that giving tablets to schoolchildren was a poor way of preparing them for the fourth industrial revolution.

Coding and data analytics were introduced as school subjects last year at the Presidential Jobs Summit.

Quoting the book of Proverbs, Ramaphosa said where there's no hope, the people perish, adding that his take is: "I don't want South Africans to perish; let's have a vision."

Here is a snapshot of some of the top reactions:

President Cyril Ramaphosa replied to the state of the nation questions from parliament on June 26 2019. Ramaphosa credited our national sports teams as well as Sho Madjozi for winning a BET award.