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WE LIVE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES AND THIS REQUIRES EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES A reflection on the State of the Nation Address

by Acting Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

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hen President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday, 11 February, he made a simple yet profound statement that “this is no ordinary year, and this is no ordinary State of the Nation Address”. In the same vein, the debate that followed is no ordinary debate. We had a hybrid parliamentary session amidst a global pandemic that has affected us all. We remember those who have departed and those who continue to battle with the Coronavirus. I pay my respects to a colleague- the late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu and fellow honourable members who lost their lives due to this pandemic. We convey our deepest condolences to their families and all South Africans who lost their loved ones

as the world wages a battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. During the State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa highlighted progress in implementing some of the commitments that he made in the previous SONAs. The Presidency, through the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), is finalizing the Geo-Spatial Referencing Guidelines to ensure location mapping for all the projects under implementation at any given time. This is critical for effective monitoring and evaluation and gives us the ability to measure our progress towards the development of our country, as set out in our Vision 2030 that is espoused in the National Development Plan (NDP). With only nine years to go until 2030, President Ramaphosa boldly invited

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