If you were glued to the screen watching Cyril Ramaphosa deliver his second SONA speech of 2019, you would have been rewarded for your interest shortly after 20:00 – the president decided to announce that he wants South Africa to build “a new city” during the next 25 years of democracy.
With nothing mentioned about SABC, SAA or any particular analysis on how land expropriation without compensation would work, Cyril’s segue into his own imagination was pretty off-the-wall. Yet it was completely on script, judging by the document he had prepared:
“We have not built a new city in 25 years of democracy. Around 70% of South Africans are going to be living in urban areas by 2030. The cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town and Ethekwini are running out of space to accommodate all those who throng to the cities.”
“I dream of a South Africa where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises… Has the time not arrived for us to be bold and reach beyond ourselves and do what may seem impossible?”
A new city for South Africa? Not everyone agrees with you, Cyril Ramaphosa
Julius Malema is not impressed. He has poured scorn on the plans. He was perplexed by talk of a new city, and instead suggested he improves the quality of life in already-existing metropolises. However, Patricia de Lille remains much more optimistic – which you’d come to expect from the Minister of Infrastructure and Public Works.
“We must stop squeezing