An in-depth assessment of Sona 2019 and expectations for tonight's address

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday evening deliver his State of the Nation Address (Sona).

What should South Africans expect from his speech?

RELATED: #SONA2020: Will Ramaphosa step up to the challenge?

Eusebius McKaiser and political analyst Karima Brown have a frank discussion on Ramaphosa's previous speeches and what they are looking forward to hearing from him on Thursday evening.

We are still fighting over ideas on how to make things work, and ideas are not unimportant. If we are to look back and evaluate, the word that comes to mind is patchy, patchy delivery. What is being done in any given sector is patchy which means it is uneven and there isn't a commitment from everyone involved.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

She says the biggest threat to South Africa's economy is Eskom.

The energy minister made a statement about a new utility when the president and other partners were actually talking about how to save the existing structure which is Eskom. That shows that there is a battle of ideas underlined by the divisions in the African National Congress (ANC).

Karima Brown, Political analyst

Brown says if she had to grade Ramaphosa on the promises he made in the past Sonas, she would say his delivery was patchy.

The ANC is a house divided and it is divided on the basis of ideas as well as patronage.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

McKaiser says people need to understand that the divided ANC undermines the ability of the state to deliver on the top line message from the previous Sonas.

Listen below to the full conversation:


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