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State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma will present the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 11 February 2016 at 19h00.

The 2016 theme is: “Following up on our commitments to the people”.

During his speech, the President will talk about government’s achievements of the past year and look to the future by presenting a programme for the coming year. This programme set out government’s plans to address various key government programmes. The President will addressed the nation in his capacity as Head of State, not only as Head of Government.

The State of the Nation Address is important for all South Africans because it tells us what government’s Programme of Action is for the year ahead. The Programme of Action is government’s plans for the country and people of South Africa.

By being aware of what government is doing, everyone can become involved and also take part in government’s plans to build a better life for all.

The State of the Nation of Address will be broadcast live on:

  • SABC radio stations
  • Parliament TV (DStv Channel 408)

Public Viewing Sites

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) will be hosting a number of live broadcasts of the SONA throughout the country, to ensure the public is able to watch the President’s address.

In the Eastern Cape, live broadcasts of the SONA will be held at the Zanokuhle Special School, Thubalethu High school, Sada Correctional Services and Staden University College.

In the Free State, they will be held at the Namahadi Thusong Service Centre, Barolong Community Hall, Mohokare Thusong Service Centre and Parys Correctional Centre.

In Gauteng, viewing sites will be held at the Krugersdorp Prison, Boksburg Prison, Sun City Prison in Johannesburg and Tswaranang Orphanage.

Limpopo will have live broadcasts at the Modimolle Prison, Miami Farm, Kgwana Community Centre and Matadze Correctional Centre, while in KwaZulu-Natal they will be held at the Impendle Thusong Centre and Indaka Sport Ground.

Viewing sites will be held at the Ezakheni MST Academy and Shongwe Boarding School in Mpumalanga.

In the North West, residents can watch the SONA at the Migdol Primary School’s hall, Witpoort School’s hall, Rooigrond Correctional Services’ hall and at the school hall at the Phokeng School for Disabled.

The Okiep TVET College, Nomzamo Community Hall, Batlharos Old Age Home, Kimberley SANDF Military Base and Upington Correctional Facility will hold viewings of the SONA in the Northern Cape and in the Western Cape residents can go to the Masibambane Thusong Centre, Leeu Gamka Community Hall, Swellendam Thusong Centre and Zolani Centre.


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