The overwhelming message in President Zuma's State of the Nation address was a focus on the economy and growth, as well as tightening in government wasteful expenditure.
For more on the events that prevailed at #SONA2016, see EWN's round up.
See below for political and business analysis of the SONA:
The rand traded at R15.70 (up 0.89%) to the US dollar and at R17.81 (down 0.15%) to the euro, 15 minutes before the start of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.
When we talk of budget cuts; why just talk about cutting food and travel? Why not cut the Cabinet?He won’t be able to implement his plans. He’s got a track record of failing to implement— Mmusi Maimane, DA leader
Pravin Gordhan is still the 'man of the moment'
Stephen Grootes felt better after the address by the president, particularly as he spent the bulk of his speech focused on the economy.
The fact that he spoke about the economy so much is significant. I though there was a subtle change around nuclear power, that it has to be affordable. That was interesting. In a way, he was parroting what Pravin Gordhan said a couple of months ago. It was really a speech that said 'these are the problems we have and this is what we're going to do about them'.— Stephen Grootes, Senior reporter at EWN
Listen to the conversation below: