品川です。現地時間2018年2月16日、ラマポーザ新大統領による就任演説、いわゆるSONA（State Of the Nation Address、一般教書演説）を行いました。前回からのつづきです。
Negotiations towards the Continental Free Trade Agreement are progressing at a brisk pace, and it is expected that the framework agreement could be concluded soon.
South Africa will this year take over the chair of the BRICS group of countries, and will give priority to the promotion of value-added trade and intra-BRICS investment into productive sectors.
The country remains gripped by one of the most devastating droughts in a century, which has severely impacted our economy, social services and agricultural production.
The drought situation in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape has been elevated to a national state of disaster.
This gives national government the authority to manage and coordinate our response nationally with support from all provinces.
This will ensure that we also heighten integrated measures to support the provinces that are hardest hit.
We are looking at activating the necessary extraordinary measures permitted under the legislation.
I commend the people of Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape for diligently observing water saving measures.
We call on everyone in the country to use water sparingly as we are a water-scarce country that relies on this vital resource to realise our development aspirations.
On 16 December last year, former President Jacob Zuma announced that government would be phasing in fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans over a five-year period.
Starting this year, free higher education and training will be available to first year students from households with a gross combined annual income of up to R350,000.
The Minister of Higher Education and Training will lead the implementation of this policy, while the Minister of Finance will clarify all aspects of the financing of the scheme during his Budget Speech next week.
In addition to promoting social justice, an investment of this scale in higher education is expected to contribute to greater economic growth, reduce poverty, reduce inequality, enhance earnings and increase the competitiveness of our economy.
Government will continue to invest in expanding access to quality basic education and improving the outcomes of our public schools.