It is also an opportunity for domestic and international investors to take stock and to hopefully look at the country as a continued investment hub
As SOUTH Africa heads towards a national general election that will have ramifications for the country over the next five years, it would be unwise to lose focus of the key economic issues that are stagnating growth.
All election campaigns attempt to engage potential voters by exaggerating successes or catastrophes, depending how the political party is aiming to position itself. But scoring petty political points should not come at the expense of drawing attention away from the key issues that all politicians need to focus on.
South Africa’s unemployment figures are unacceptably high and insignificant growth projected for the year means that the majority of the country will have a difficult 2019.
The State of the Nation address (Sona) remains a crucial parliamentary focal point as it will set the tone for how politicians will conduct themselves for the elections and beyond.
It is also an opportunity for domestic and international investors to take stock and to hopefully look at the country as a continued investment hub.
Yet, we are once again hearing the same threats to disrupt the address and once again petty political point scoring looks set to dominate this and other crucial parliamentary sessions.
South Africans will have to wait and see if common sense can trump populist rhetoric at the Sona.