Zamikhaya Maseti
4 minute read
12 Feb 2020
6:33 pm

Marshal the agriculture sector now, Ramaphosa

Zamikhaya Maseti

Despite crippling droughts in some parts, agriculture is once again showing some resilience and great potential despite the gloomy national economic outlook.

Gert Sibande district farmer Micheal Mbukeni speaks to The Citizen at his farm on the outskirts of Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, 14 February 2018, about his struggles to secure farming equipment from the government to work his land. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Many South Africans will be watching President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering his State of the Nation address on Thursday, 13 February 2020, some hoping against hope and maybe some with enthusiasm and renewed hope. The reality of the situation is that the South African economic outlook is not looking good and ordinary South Africans are feeling the pinch of high unemployment rate, which remains unchanged at 29.1% in fourth quarter of 2019. The 2020 economic climate is subdued and does not give much hope to the new job seekers who have just entered the labour market. As a nation, we must...