Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

SONA 2019: This is what Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to cover

Ramaphosa will be mindful of the fact that more still needs to be done to reignite economic growth

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver the State of the Nation Address (SONA 2019) on Thursday.

It marks the start of the sixth democratic Parliament after the successful conclusion of the country’s General Election in May.

SONA 2019: What is the theme of Ramaphosa’s address?

President Ramaphosa will deliver the address under the themeLet’s grow South Africa Together as we celebrate 25 years of freedom’, which takes place as the country commemorates 25 years of freedom and democracy.

The 25th anniversary celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the country’s successes and challenges, as well as find ways to improve the lives of people.

What will Cyril Ramaphosa cover?

Even though much has been achieved over the past 25 years of freedom, government remains mindful that more still needs to be done in many areas such as united action to reignite economic growth, create jobs and importantly, inspire hope for a better tomorrow.

With this in mind, President Ramaphosa is expected to reflect on the country’s political, social and economic welfare, account to the nation on government’s work and further articulate the programme of action for the next five years. 

Things to look out for on Thursday, 20 June

What time is Ramaphosa’s address?

The address, which starts at 19:00, will be broadcast live across a number of television and radio stations.

Due to economic constraints, various features that have traditionally characterised the preparations and the actual SONA ceremony have been modified for the occasion.

It will, however, still preserve the decorum and solemnity of a key State event of such magnitudes, such as the military parade.

When is the SONA 2019 military rehearsal?

Military rehearsals for the ceremony are scheduled for today and Wednesday from 17:30 to 20:00. 

Information on road closures?

As such, Cape Town road users are encouraged to look out for both radio and local newspaper advertisement announcing the temporary road closures and times. 

After SONA, Parliament will converge again in a joint sitting of both Houses on 25 June to debate the content of the President’s address and on 26 June for the President’s reply. 

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