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Ramaphosa lauds crime-fighting efforts during SONA but admits there’s a long...

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Cape Town on Thursday, has said tackling crime and insecurity is a...

SAAF Gripen fighters soar over Cape Town ahead of 2024 SONA

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With the impending 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA) slated for this Thursday in Cape Town, the South African Air Force (SAAF) is...

Reform of State intelligence and security machinery progressing – Gungubele

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Minister in The Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, used his response to last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) to inform South Africans government is...

SONA will be secure – NATJOINTS

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When President Cyril Ramaphosa takes up position behind the podium in the Cape Town City Hall tonight (Thursday, 9 February) he will know South...

Defence and security neglected by Ramaphosa in his SONA

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Probably the most committed defence watcher in the National Assembly (NA) maintains President Cyril Ramaphosa did not do the wider South African defence sector...

Hawks over Cape Town City Hall for SONA

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Not two but three South African Air Force (SAAF) Hawks took part in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the National Address (SONA) in Cape...

Ramaphosa commits Sappers to building rural bridges

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The SA Army Engineer Formation can look forward to a busy year if President Cyril Ramaphosa’s indication for a major upscaling of government’s Welisizwe...

Ramaphosa acknowledges July unrest intelligence failure

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President Cyril Ramaphosa used his sixth State of the Nation Address (SONA) from the Cape Town City Hall yesterday (10 February) to respond to...

Hawk two-ship flypast to grace SONA

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will, as at previous State of the Nation Addresses (SONA), be part of Thursday’s Presidential address at the...

“Defenceless” SONA an indicator of low priority rating for the SANDF

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Defence, as has become the norm when the Commander-in-Chief in his Presidential guise gives South Africans some insight of what to expect from government...

No military involvement at SONA this year

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This year’s SONA (State of the Nation Address) will be stripped of its military ceremony, along with other elements which signify the official commencement...

Crime detection university coming – Ramaphosa

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To improve the quality of general and specialised police investigations, government will establish a Crime Detection University at Hammanskraal north of Pretoria. This was announced...

Raw deal for defence in SONA

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Last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa, also Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), sadly did...

SONA costs cut while SANDF commitment remains the same

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The Parliamentary budget for Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Cyril Ramaphosa has been cut by almost half but this will...

MDC walks out of Zimbabwe SONA

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Zimbabwean opposition lawmakers walked out of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's state of the nation address to parliament, signalling lingering bitterness after losing a...

SANDF at SONA

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The eyes of many South Africans will be on the Parliamentary precinct come Thursday evening for reasons ranging from viewing a display...

Parliament defends SANDF deployment for SONA

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No South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers will be deployed within the Parliamentary precinct during President Jacob Zuma's State of the...

9 SA Infantry Bn called on for Parliamentary security work

The 441 soldiers who were yesterday informed they would be on security duty in and around Parliament by SA National Defence Force...

SONA not likely to provide insights on any defence issues

Defence and related issues have never featured prominently in the annual State of the National Address (SONA), delivered by President Jacob Zuma...

SONA preparations on track

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Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana says Parliament is ready to host this year's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Mgidlana said this when...

Defence and security non-starters in SONA

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Apart from passing mentions of continental peacekeeping support and the need to stamp out rhino poaching, yesterday's State of the Nation Address...

SONA slated by defence watchers

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Military analysts and defence watchers maintain President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) was very much a dud when it...

Zuma details massive infrastructure spend

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South Africa will spend billions of Rand over the coming years on new infrastructure, with the government to focus on building rail,...

Zuma: SONA 2012

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State of the Nation Address By His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of...

Mixed reax to Zuma

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There has been mixed reaction to President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address,delivered last night. The opposition Democratic Alliance party, was,...

Agenda 2012

Cabinet ministers and their senior officials will Tuesday hunker down at Bela Bela in Limpopo for their January lekgotla. The meeting –...

Zuma’s reply to the debate on SONA: full text

RESPONSE TO THE STATE OF THE NATION DEBATE BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR JG ZUMA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA; NATIONAL...

Chabane sets crime fighting outcomes

Performance monitoring and evaluation minister Collins Chabane says the desired outcome of the fight against crime is "to make sure that all...

C-in-Cs speech disappoints

President Jacob Zuma's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) should disappoint security professionals. The speech was frankly anodyne, shallow and spent...

SONA reaction mixed

President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address has elicited a mixed response from business, unions, politicians and the commentariat with the...

Economy on recovery path: Zuma

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South Africa's economy is on the path of recovery but the government will maintain measures to boost jobs and growth, President Jacob...

SONA: Anodyne, light on security (updated)

President Jacob Zuma has devoted just 120 words out of a 4394 word State of the Nation Address (SONA) on security: focussing...

SONA will be soft on hard security: analysts

President Jacob Zuma's second State of the Nation Address (SONA) will likely be soft on hard security matters such as defence and...

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