South African SONA Date Confirmed – 7 February

It’s all systems go for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be delivered at 7pm on 07 February 2019.

(President Ramaphosa, First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe, Speaker Baleka Mbete and NCOP Chairperson Thandi Modise). President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 during the joint sitting of parliament in the National assembly, Cape Town. 16/02/2018, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

President Ramaphosa will be delivering his second SONA after taking over the reins in February 2018. The SONA will be the last of the fifth administration, due to the elections later this year.

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.

“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 Presidency said in a statement.

The address also signifies South Africa’s marking of 25 years of freedom and democracy.

“The address embraces all South Africans and all sectors of society, and reflects the lived experience of all South Africans, regardless of background or political orientation. It also focuses the minds and energies of all South Africans on the values that bind the nation together and on the actions needed to build and sustain our shared future,” the Presidency said.

The SONA is followed closely by international stakeholders who use the address as a yearly point of reference for their engagement with government, business and the people of South Africa.

“President Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to take an active interest in the State of the Nation Address so that they can play their part in helping South Africa grow,” said the Presidency.

The President has emphasised that the address reflects the role played by all sectors of society in shaping a better future and responding to challenges. “It is, therefore, an inclusive account of a nation working together to secure and maintain renewal and growth.”

The public are encouraged to engage on the important national event, using #SONA2019.

In the meantime, President Ramaphosa, along with Deputy President David Mabuza has been in talks with Deputy Ministers and Directors General at an extended Cabinet meeting know as a Lekgotla in preparation for the SONA.

President Ramaphosa and Deputy President Mabuza will also meet with Premiers and members of provincial executive councils (MECs) as well as the leadership of the South African Local Government Association to ensure that action plans adopted are implemented across all spheres of government.