Johannesburg - The Black Business Council (BBC) on Thursday said that it would like President Cyril Ramaphosa to demonstrate concrete and clear plans to spearhead economic recovery, renewal and growth in his state-of-the-nation address (SONA).
The South African economy slumped sharply in the first three months of 2019, contracting by 3.2 percent as seven of the 10 industries took a knock, with manufacturing, mining and trade the biggest contributors to the fall.
Construction, mining and trade are in a recession.
The 3.2 percent decline is the biggest quarterly fall in economic activity since the first quarter of 2009 when the economy -- under strain from the global financial crisis -- tumbled by 6.1 percent.
Ramaphosa will deliver the first SONA of the sixth democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening following a fresh mandate from the electorate in the May 8 election.