Clear skies for SONA

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Pretoria – Favourable weather conditions are expected to dominate over the entire Western Cape province on Thursday, as the province prepares to play host to the President’s annual State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Hundreds of Members of Parliament, dignitaries and special guests will descend on the Mother City to attend SONA, which marks the opening of Parliament. The address is delivered to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament, and is followed live by millions of South Africans on television, radio and social media.

The day is full of State ceremonial activities, some of which take place outside, and scores of members of the public usually line the streets in the Parliamentary precinct to bear witness to the activities.  

South African Weather Service (SAWS) forecaster Vanetia Phakula said the temperature in Cape Town will be 18 degrees Celsius, rising to a warm 29 degrees in the afternoon.

“There will be some light wind in the south easterly direction, traveling at 28km/h but generally the weather will be favourable,” Phukula said.

While all the proceedings for SONA will take place in Cape Town, the rest of South Africa will not be left out, as public viewing sites have been set up in seven provinces. –

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