[LISTEN] #Sona2019: 'A lot of dreams and not many concrete steps'

Opposition parties have responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (Sona) with most describing it as a 'dream'.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says while parts of Ramaphosa's speech were good, a lot of it consisted of dreams with no real concrete steps to achieve them.

The President delivered his 2019 Sona in the National Assembly on Thursday evening with several key priorities - including education, job creation and economic growth.

READ: President Ramaphosa makes 5 promises that, if kept, will radically transform SA

Steenhuisen says one of the more welcomed developments was the implementation of reading programmes at schools.

There were some good parts of the speech but I think a lot of dreams without many concrete steps about how we are going to achieve those.

John Steenhuisen, Chief Whip - DA

Stretched goals, most of the goals are set over a ten year period. I think a lot of South Africans were looking for some immediate reforms.

John Steenhuisen, Chief Whip - DA

One of the welcomed developments was the reading programmes at schools, I think we can boost education, it always underpins an enterprise economy.

John Steenhuisen, Chief Whip - DA

I think what we saw here tonight was very little in the way of concrete action, more announcements of virtuous ends which I think are not going to feed South Africans. You can't live off a dream.

John Steenhuisen, Chief Whip - DA

Meanwhile Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she agrees with Ramaphosa on the need to improve education at foundation phase, as well as improving the capabilities of teachers.

He really touched on the most important part, that we have to conquer the basics of basic education - the foundation phase.

Angie Motshekga, Minister - Basic Education

Education is a societal issue. Ourselves as government, we are committing to put resources into your reading, foundation phase, but we want everyone else to know that it starts there. We only have four hours with them, you have longer hours with them.

Angie Motshekga, Minister - Basic Education

African Movement Transformation (ATM) president Vuyolwethu Zungula says Ramphosa has not demonstrated that he has a plan.

It seems like a pie in the sky and that is what has characterised Sona's for the past how many years.

Vuyolwethu Zungula, President - ATM

We need a proper actionable plan that is relatable to the people.

Vuyolwethu Zungula, President - ATM

The Inkhata Freedom Party's Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the president missed an opportunity.

If he had actually placed more focus on the seven priorities he pointed to and the five point plan and went into detail, he would have achieved a lot in terms of taking the country into his confidence ... what happened in the latter part of the speech, he presented what was a utopic kind of reality and painted a dream.

Mkhuleko Hlengwa, Spokesperson - IFP

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema shared similar sentiments and says the president has no plan.

The president is dreaming. The president told the whole nation that he is dreaming about a bullet train. The president is dreaming about a city, what type of a president is that? If you speak about the president of China, he does not dream, he says to you, we are going to build a new city here and this is the time frame.

Julius Malema, EFF leader

We have imagined enough, now is time to implement. The president has nothing to offer us.

Julius Malema, EFF leader

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says Ramaphosa's speech was very practical.

It is not slogans, it is the realistic things that we need to do to intervene in the economy.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister - Transport

[There are] A lot of intervening programmes that are going to take this country forward.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister - Transport

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