Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

Second SONA 2019: Parliament confirms date and time

sona 2019 cyril ramaphosaIt is confirmed. We are having two SONAs in the same year.

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With the new Cabinet Ministers appointed, President Cyril Ramaphosa will now turn his focus to the State of the Nation Address (SONA 2019), where he will outline the vision and plans for the country.

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When is the second SONA 2019 going to be?

The date for SONA is set for 20 June after Parliament’s Presiding Officers received a letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa, Parliament said on Wednesday.

This will be the first SONA of the sixth term of Parliament following the National and Provincial Elections.

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What time will SONA take place?

The June SONA will be delivered at 7pm, as has been the case in recent years.

At an appropriate time, the Presiding Officers said they will apprise the public of the details of the SONA ceremony, which is the second this year, and the necessary preparations being put in place in line with the institution’s Constitutional functions.

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When will new ministers be sworn in?

The President announced his Cabinet on Wednesday evening, which comprises 28 Ministers, a reduction from the 36 of the previous administration.

For the first time,  50% of the Ministers are women. There is also a significant number of young Ministers. 

The President also appointed 33 Deputy Ministers, just three fewer than there were previously.

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The swearing-in ceremony for the Ministers and Deputy Ministers will take place on Thursday. 

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