Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

SONA 2020: All the red carpet fanfare and formality [photos]

A SONA simply is not a SONA without a few fashion statements. Here are a few highlights from the 2020 State of the Nation Address.

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Ah, SONA. It’s that time of the year again, folks, when our politicians confuse the State of the Nation Address with a matric dance or Dancing with the Stars auditions.

For many, the red carpet is one of the highlights of the evening. Other than the President’s speech, that is. We’ve collected all the best moments here.

SONA 2020: What to expect

President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his speech at 19:00. Don’t miss a moment – or any of the anticipated disruption – and be sure to follow our live blog here.

Hot on the SONA agenda tonight will be Eskom, load shedding, unemployment. And everyone was looking forward to see if Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, will reunite with Siya Kolisi at SONA 2020.

Miss Universe is hoping to hear “more about what will be done for the protection of women and the education system.” That makes two of us.

If the outfits aren’t really your thing, and the seriousness of the SONA is starting to scratch at your soul, we’ve got just the comic relief that you may be searching for.

Head over here to see DevDonDidIt putting a lighter touch on the SONA 2020 swing of things. And if you’ve always wondered the SA’s right-wing Afrikaners have in common with the EFF, this is for you.

Mind you, TheSouthAfrican.com correspondents reporting live from SONA confirmed that with a mere 14 minutes to go before President Ramaphosa starts his SONA, the EFF is singing in full throttle.

Also read – ‘Sofa sigijima’: Malema shares cryptic tweet ahead of SONA 2020

Straight from the Red Carpet

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Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motswoaledi on the SONA Red Carpet.
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Deputy Minister of the National Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Obed Bapela.
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ANC Parliament ⁩ MP Tandi Mahambehlala.

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Deputy Minister the Department of Arts and Culture of South Africa, Nocawe Noncedo Mafu
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ANC MP Knocks Seabi
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Minister of Department of Small Business Development, Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
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ANC MP Inkosi Zwelivelile Mandela
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DA MP ⁦Phumzile Van Damme
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DA leader John Steenhuisen
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Department of Communications Deputy Minister, Ms Pinky Kekana
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Minister of ⁦Transport, Fikile Mbalula
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Former Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Mr Mninwa Mahlangu
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National Department of Water and Sanitation, Ms Pamela Tshwet


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ANC Deputy Chief Whip Ms Doris Dlakude
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Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
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Minister of State Security Ms Ayanda Dlodlo on the SONA red carpert

All images via Twitter: @ParliamentofRSA.

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