State of the Nation Address in numbers

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday. Below is the SONA in numbers: Social Assistance More than 26 million - South Africans who continue to receive social assistance every month provided by the democratic state. Some 9 million - unemployed people receiving the Special Social Relief of Distress Grant every month. Unemployment and Job Creation Two million ­- people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. 15 to 24 - the ages of millions of young people who were not in employment, education or training, by 8 February 2024. 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. From 8 million to over 16.7 million - the increase in the number of South Africans in employment since 1994 until 2024. Over 4.3 million - young people engaged on SAYouth.mobi, a zero-rated platform for unemployed young people to access opportunities for learning and earning. 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 Poli ce 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. Energy 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 - val ue 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. Land 25% - farmland owned by black South Africans through redistribution. 30% - target of farmland to be owned by black South Africans through redistribution by 2030. Labour 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 e conomy. 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. Matric 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. Health 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 l iving 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. Source: South African Government News Agency