Presidential Inauguration 2014

South Africans will be joined by the rest of the world in witnessing the inauguration of the country’s fifth democratically elected President.

The event will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, 24 May.

Thousands of people are expected to attend, 4 500 of whom will be accommodated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings.

Remaining guests will be accommodated on the Southern Lawns below the Union Buildings, while other members of the public will be able to follow proceedings via live television and radio broadcasts and public viewing areas at 47 sites throughout the country.


  • 21 May 2014
    • First sitting of the National Assembly
      Swearing in of Members of Parliament
      Election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker
      Election of President of South Africa
    • First sitting of provincial legislatures
      Election of Premiers
  • 22 May 2014
    • First sitting of the National Council of Provinces:
      Swearing in of members
      Election of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson
  • 24 May 2014
    • Inauguration of the President of South Africa

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Full Inauguration Speech

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