SA President to deliver State of the Nation Address

Date: Feb 7, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, will on Thursday, 7 February 2019, deliver the last State of the Nation Address for the 5th and current Parliament.

This will be President Ramaphosa’s second State of the Nation Address following his election in February 2018. This State of the Nation Address will also signify South Africa’s marking of 25 years of freedom and democracy.

The speech is expected to be delivered at 19h00, and will be broadcast LIVE on Channel Africa platforms that include, shortwave, DSTV Channel 802, Internet, and Youtube. 

Since the advent of democracy in 1994, the President of the Republic has annually called for a joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, to provide an overview of current developments in the country and to set out government’s key plans for the year ahead.  The State of the Nation Address is an opportunity for the President to take stock of challenges faced by the nation but also of progress made.

The ceremonial content of the day will again highlight the mutual regard and partnership among the three arms of the state, in line with the Constitutional vision.

This year’s SONA will be delivered under the theme “Following Up on Our Commitments to the People: Making Your Future Work Better.” SoNA will outline progress made in the past year, and what still needs to be done and the priorities of the 2018/2019 financial year.

State of the Nation (SONA) in South Africa, is a joint sitting of the National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the first major event of the first term of the new parliamentary year (7 February to 29 March 2019). This will be President Cyril Ramaphosa's second State of the Nation Address after taking office in February 2018.

The 2019 SONA will, however, be the first of TWO State of the Nation Addresses because general elections are likely to happen in May 2019; and a new parliament convened soon after. A second SONA will then be delivered by the elected president. It is expected that President Ramaphosa will announce a date for the 2019 polls in his February SONA.

The annual event sets out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead, highlights achievements, flags challenges and outlined interventions to unlock development interventions for the coming financial year. Moreover, the SONA marks the official start of the Parliamentary programme.

Confirmed guests for the February 7 event include former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe; and former speakers Dr Frene Ginwala and Max Sisulu.

Members of Parliament (MPs) will debate the president's SONA on 12 and 13 February 2019; with the president replying to the debate on the 14th.



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