Government Opinion Pieces

30 Jan 2023


Fellow South African,

The recent announcement of an increase in electricity tariffs comes at an extremely difficult time for citizens and businesses alike, who are already...

23 Jan 2023

Dear Fellow South African,A week ago, the Sowetan newspaper carried a front page headlined ‘Unplugged’, listing many small businesses around the country that have been crippled by the electricity...

12 Dec 2022

Fellow South Africans,

As 2022 draws to a close, we can reflect on a tumultuous year. Like for many people around the world, this has been a tough year for many South Africans.


5 Dec 2022

Fellow South Africans, 

The announcement by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last week that it had reached a settlement with an international company implicated in corruption at...

28 Nov 2022

 Fellow South Africans, 

In my address to the second Presidential Summit on Gender-based Violence and Femicide at the beginning of this month, I said that we are a nation at war with itself...

21 Nov 2022

 Fellow South African,

Twenty-eight years since the first democratic Parliament sat in Cape Town, we continue to have a Parliament that is activist, responsive and determined to make a...

14 Nov 2022
Broad-Based Black Economic empowerment is here to stay

Fellow South African,

With the advent of democracy in 1994, a key priority of the new government was to transform the economy...

7 Nov 2022
Our common future depends on climate action now

Fellow South African,

Seven months ago, parts of our country experienced a deadly natural disaster that showed how vulnerable South Africa is...

31 Oct 2022
Towards a more professional and capable public service

One of the bitter lessons we take from the state capture era is how fragile our public sector can be and how we need to strengthen it...

24 Oct 2022
Together we can ensure state capture never happens again

Dear Fellow South African,

Over the coming days and weeks, from hashtags to homes to the halls of Parliament, South Africans from...

17 Oct 2022
Media freedom in South Africa is cause for optimism and pride

Dear Fellow South African,A free press is among the most significant dividends of our democracy, yet it is one that we perhaps take...

10 Oct 2022
Early childhood development holds the key to our future

Dear Fellow South African,There are few presidential activities more fulfilling than spending a morning in the company of small children....

3 Oct 2022
A million work and livelihood opportunities, and counting

Dear Fellow South African,

Less than two years ago, we launched the Presidential Employment Stimulus to create jobs and support...

26 Sep 2022
No quick fix for load shedding but real progress is being made

Dear Fellow South African,

For every person living in this country, the past two weeks of load shedding have been extremely...

20 Sep 2022
Solving the electricity challenge is vital for South Africa’s investment drive

Dear Fellow South African,A few days ago, I met with US President Joe Biden in Washington to discuss several issues...

12 Sep 2022
The struggle to give South Africa a more human face

Dear Fellow South African,

On this day 45 years ago, Stephen Bantu Biko died in police custody in Pretoria Central Prison.


5 Sep 2022
Jobs figures show our economy is on the road to recovery

Dear Fellow South African, 

Over the last few years, South Africans have had to contend with slow growth and rising...

29 Aug 2022
New approach to fighting corruption gets results

Dear Fellow South African,

The fight against corruption requires both firm political will and independent, capable crime-fighting...

22 Aug 2022
Youth Employment Programme Is Changing Lives

Dear Fellow South African,

I was recently shown an inspiring and deeply touching post on a Facebook group for participants in government’s...

8 Aug 2022
We must celebrate the achievements of South African women

Dear Fellow South African,

Tomorrow we will commemorate the day in 1956 when thousands of women marched on the Union Buildings to...