Ahead of the year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), an assessment of preparations on ground indicates that everyone is set to attend the much-anticipated event.
High on the agenda are bread and butter issues, local challenges, the state of the economy and public accountability but it promises to be memorable.
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However, we wouldn’t let you watch the event from your comfort zone – either from home or in Parliament, without passing these must-read tips across to you.
The State of Nation Address (SONA) holds on Thursday, February 9, 2017, and President Zuma is expected to address so many issues affecting the growth and development of the country.
Five Fasts Facts About SONA 2017
SONA Marks The Start Of The Parliamentary Calendar
The president’s speech during SONA usually sets the political tone for the year. It also avails the president of South Africa the opportunity to detail the status of the nation to a joint sitting of Parliament (the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces).
SONA is usually attended by political bigwigs including former South African Presidents, the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court and other members of the judiciary, the Governor of the Reserve Bank, and Ambassadors and Diplomats to the Republic.
The Theme For SONA 2017 Is Tagged: “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward”.
According to the government website, the Zuma administration decided to adopt the aforementioned theme for this year’s SONA in honour of the ANC’s former president OR Tambo, who led it in exile and would have turned 100 this year.
The ANC Will Be Hosting A People’s Assembly On The Same Day
The ANC has invited well-meaning South Africans to kindly join them from 17:00 when it will be hosting what the party called a “people’s assembly” on the Grand Parade in central Cape Town for approximately 10 000 ANC supporters.
In a separate speech, the chief organiser, Fikile Mbulala, however, indicated that about 30,000 people will be making it to the assembly.
With this, I bet you, this year’s event won’t be lacking eventualities and unpredictable episodes and activities.
ANC’s Zizi Kodwa earlier announced that various build-up activities would culminate in the people’s assembly “where at a public viewing of the State of the National Address, our people will gather to listen as Comrade President Jacob Zuma outline interventions to shape our collective future for the better.”
Wide-Ranging Road Restrictions Will Be In Place As Part Of Security Measures
In a bid to foster and enhance free traffic flow, the Cape Town management authority released the list of roads that will be closed this week ahead of Thursday.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that there will be rehearsals on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 17:00 ahead of the opening of Parliament scheduled to hold on Thursday, 9 February 2017 at 19:0,
To view the list of roads that will be closed, click here
Two Protests Have Been Planned In The Cape Town CBD For Thursday During Zuma’s Address.
Reports making the rounds have it that the Cape Town CBD will be hosting two groups of protesters during the much-anticipated event.
Already, the National Union of Metal Workers (NUM) has applied for a protest permit for 500 people. But the City of Cape Town is yet to confirm their application.
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