SONA 2019 scheduled for 7 February

This week President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to address a joint sitting of the National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) is scheduled for Thursday 7 February 2019 at 19h00. The theme for this year’s event is: “Following up on our commitments: Making Your Future Work Better”.

The Address further affords the President an opportunity to speak to the nation on the general state of South Africa, to reflect on a wide range of political, economic and social matters within the domestic and global contexts. Moreover, SONA is a mechanism used by the President to account to the nation on the work of government and to set out government’s program of action.

The State of the Nation Address will be preceded by a parliamentary dialogue with invited stakeholders and members of the media, themed “Let’s talk SONA: Rules and Procedures” on Tuesday. The dialogue is intended to, amongst others, unpack the significance of SONA, the administration of the joint sitting and the associated rules, conventions and traditions which are an expression of our democratic constitutional order.

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