ICYMI: 2024 SONA in numbers

By: Natasha Archary

2024 SONA in numbers

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the 2024 State of the Nation Address (SONA) in numbers which was delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, 08 February.

Social Assistance 

  • More than 26 million South Africans who continue to receive social assistance every month.
  • Some 9 million unemployed people receiving the Special Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant every month.

Unemployment and Job Creation

  • Two million people lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
  • More than 1.7 million work and livelihood opportunities created through the Expanded Public Works Programme.
  • More than 1 million school assistants placed in 23 000 schools through the Presidential Employment Stimulus.
  • 23 000 schools where more than one million school assistants have been placed through the Presidential Employment Stimulus.
  • 1.6 million young people who have secured opportunities through the SAYouth.mobi, a zero-rated platform for unemployed young people to access opportunities for learning and earning.

Crime and Corruption

  • More than 200 accused persons being prosecuted by the National Prosecuting Authority.
  • R14 billion value of freezing orders granted to the National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit for state capture-related cases.
  • Around R8.6 billion value of corrupt proceeds that have been returned to the State.
  • R4.8 billion unpaid taxes collected by the South African Revenue Service.
  • R64 billion value of civil litigation instituted by the Special Investigating Unit.
  • 5 000 extra police officers deployed to Public Order Policing.
  • Over 285 000 arrests made by the South African Police Service since May 2023 through Operation Shanela.
  • 20 000 police officers recruited over the last two years.
  • 10 000 police officers to be recruited in the year to come.
  • Over 100 000 people stopped by the new Border Management Authority from entering South Africa illegally.


  • More than 2 500 megawatts of solar and wind power connected to the grid.
  • More than 120 new private energy projects in development.
  • More than 14 000 kilometres of new transmission lines to be built over the coming years to accommodate renewable energy.
  • Around R170 billion to almost R240 billion increases in the value of financing pledges for the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan in the past year.

Economy and Investment

  • More than 60 ships waiting to berth at the Port of Durban in mid-November 2023.
  • 12 ships waiting to berth at the Port of Durban at the end of January 2024.
  • R1.5 trillion value of new investment commitments raised through five South Africa Investment Conferences.
  • R500 billion value of new investment commitments raised through five South Africa Investment Conferences that have already flowed into the economy.
  • Approximately 39% black ownership of mining by 2024, compared with 2% in 2004.

Road Infrastructure

  • Nearly 25 000 kilometres of roads being managed by the South African National Roads Agency Limited.
  • More than 1 200 projects to the value of R120 billion awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited in the past five years.
  • R120 billion the value of more than 1 200 projects awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited in the past five years.


  • 25% farmland owned by black South Africans through redistribution.
  • 30% target of farmland to be owned by black South Africans through redistribution by 2030.


  • Around 1 000 black industrialists supported with funding and other forms of support in the last five years.
  • More than 90 000 workers employed by black-owned firms which contribute many billions of rands to the South African economy.
  • About 200 000 workers who obtained ownership of shares in the companies in which they work.
  • Over half a million status of worker ownership in companies in the South African economy.
  • Over 6 million workers whose wages were raised by the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.


  • 82.9% – latest matric pass rate; the highest ever.

Poverty Alleviation

  • 71.1% South African population living in poverty in 1993.
  • 60.9% the drop in the poverty rate by 2010.
  • 55.5% the drop in the poverty rate by 2020.


  • More than 100 000 South Africans who lost their lives to COVID-19.
  • 54 years life expectancy in 2003.
  • 65 years life expectancy in 2023.
  • 95% persons diagnosed with HIV who know their status.
  • 79% persons who receive antiretroviral treatment out of the 95% diagnosed with HIV who know their status.
  • 93% persons virally suppressed out of the 95% diagnosed with HIV who know their status.

Housing, Water and Telecommunications

  • Nearly nine out of every 10 households living in a formal dwelling.
  • Only 6 out of 10 people who had access to clean drinking water at the end of apartheid.
  • 9 out of 10 South Africans with access to clean drinking water by 2024.
  • 79% households with access to the internet in 2022.

Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

  • Around R21 billion money dedicated over the medium term to implement the six pillars of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide, including the economic empowerment of women.

Listen to the post SONA analysis on Point of View:

Also read: Steenhuisen: “Ramaphosa’s SONA just a laundry list of failed promises!”

Written by: Natasha

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