President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined his vision for government for the next five years, emphasising that a strong social compact was needed.
He said there was a need to forge durable partnerships between government, business, labour, communities and civil society.
As President Ramaphosa spoke about the state of the nation, a number of interesting numbers came to light.
National Development Plan (NDP)
1 100 – The number of indicators that the Medium-Term Strategic Framework had for the last five years, which measured progress in the implementation of the NDP.
5 – The number of years in which the Medium-Term Strategic Framework had more than 1 100 indicators, which measured progress in the implementation of the NDP.
Government priorities and goals
7 – The number of priorities that the new administration will focus on.
5 – The number of fundamental goals for the next decade.
10 – The number of years in which government will make progress in tackling poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Employment and economic opportunities
50 percent – The unemployment rate among young South Africans.
2 million – New jobs to be created for young people within the next decade.
50 000 – The number of young people that the National Youth Service will take a year.
6 – The number of months which the national minimum wage has been in place.
155 000 – Jobs to be created in the next five years through the Public-Private Growth Initiative.
2 million -Young people who will be employed in the next decade.
10 – The age in which a child will be able to read for meaning in the next decade.
3, 6 and 9 – The targeted school grades where there should be an improvement in the capabilities of teachers and ensuring a more consistent measurement of progress.
500 000 – The number of children of school-going age with disabilities who are not in school.
5 – The number of years that government will accelerate the provision of well-located housing and land to poor South Africans.
70 percent -The number of South Africans that are going to be living in the urban areas by 2030.
Access to healthcare
2 million – The figure that government aims to increase the number of people on antiretroviral treatment by December 2020.
Growing the economy
10 – The number of years in which government expects South Africa’s economy to be growing at a rate far greater than country’s population.
R230 billion – The fiscal support that Eskom will require over the next 10 years.
R300 billion – The amount of investments announced at the inaugural Investment Conference in 2018.
R250 billion – The value of projects that has entered the implementation phase.
R840 billion – The amount that the private sector has committed to invest in projects through the Public-Private Growth Initiative.
43 – Number of projects that the private sector has committed to invest in through the Public-Private Growth Initiative.
19 – Number of sectors that the private sector has committed to invest in through the Public-Private Growth Initiative.
R100 billion – The amount that government has allocated for the Infrastructure Fund.
1 day – The period it should take for companies to be registered.
R3.9 billion – The amount allocated to the Land Bank to support black commercial farmers.
21 million – The number of international tourist arrivals projected by 2030.
Safety and security
5 000 – Number of students registered for basic training in South Africa’s police training colleges.
7 000 – The envisaged number of students to be registered for basic training in South Africa’s police training colleges per cycle over the next two intakes.
R14.7 billion – The value of estimated civil claims arising from the Special Investigative Unit investigations.
Strengthening local government
44 –The number of districts that government will focus on to speed up service delivery, ensuring that municipalities are properly supported and adequately resourced.
8 – Number of metros that government will focus on to speed up service delivery, ensuring that municipalities are properly supported and adequately resourced.
25 –The number of years since South Africa’s democracy.