About The Webinar

The 2021 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 11 February 2021- Theme Following up on our commitments: making your future work better will reflect the devastation the coronavirus pandemic has on almost every sector of the South African economy and on ordinary people’s lives. 

No doubt, the vaccination rollout will bring great hope for the country's social and economic recovery, but President Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet are still plagued with the tough task of restoring public confidence, dealing with corruption, instituting reforms in state-owned enterprises and fixing the unemployment crisis.

Join us at this webcast as we unpack the 2021 SoNA. We will assess if the state, its institutions and its people are adequately equipped to resolve the challenges, and discuss opportunities, strategies and the way forward.

  • Aubrey Matshiqi
    Independent Political Analyst

    Aubrey Matshiqi was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy studies (CPS) in Johannesburg until 2011, and was a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation until 2016. In 2010, he was invited to take up a research fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a former mathematics, science and English teacher, strategist at the Premier’s Office in Gauteng, as well as spokesperson for the MEC for education in Gauteng. Matshiqi holds a degree in history and English literature.

  • Sanusha Naidu
    Foreign Policy Analyst

    Sanusha Naidu is a senior research fellow with the Institute for Global Dialogue based at UNISA. She has a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. She previously worked at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the South African Institute for International Affairs. She is also a seasoned political analyst.

  • Paul Kariuki
    Executive Director, Democracy Development Program (DDP)

    Paul Kariuki has worked in the NPO sector for more than 10 years and is passionate about community development, good governance & monitoring & evaluation. He is also passionate about community engagement with government at all levels of governance. He graduated with a PhD in Public Administration, specialising in Monitoring & Evaluation in Local Government.

  • Sphamandla Brian Mhlongo
    Senior Programmes Officer at the Democracy Development Program (DDP)

    Brian Mhlongo is responsible for the implementation of projects that have an impact on the capacity of community-based organisations when interacting with local municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as representing the organisation in various forums and conferences.

  • About Democracy Development Program (DDP)

    DDP aims to deepen the practice of democracy in South Africa. They build strong and active communities that can hold those in power to account. Since their beginning in 1993, they have achieved this mission by:

    - Encouraging citizen engagement with burning issues in politics and       development.

    - Holding public and political forums that encourage peaceful and             constructive dialogue.

    - Providing democracy education.

    - Observing elections.

    - Strengthening civil society and community voices.

    - Building functional and effective relationships between                             communities and local government.


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  • Aubrey Matshiqi

    Independent Political Analyst

  • Sanusha Naidu

    Foreign policy analyst and senior research fellow with the Institute for Global Dialogue based at UNISA

  • Paul Kariuki

    Executive director at the Democracy Development Program (DDP)

  • Sphamandla Brian Mhlongo

    Senior Programmes Officer at the Democracy Development Program (DDP)

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