State of the Nation Address
11 February 2010
Growing the economy • Social security for all • Safer communities •
Better services to the public • Access to health services,
housing and education
On Thursday, 11 February 2010 at 19h00 President Jacob Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of Parliament ( the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces). This is the official opening of Parliament for 2010.
The State of the Nation Address will be presented at 19h00 under the theme “Celebrate the legacy of Mandela – contribute to nation building” to afford all South Africans, especially the workers, students and school children an opportunity to watch the proceedings in their homes after hours. Parliament emphasises in a statement that the holding of the State of the Nation Address in the evening will not result in changes to the occasion.
President Zuma chose the date of 11 February in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of former President Nelson Mandela from prison. The day will bring all South Africans together to mark the defining moment in the history of the country, including the unbanning of organisations on the 2nd of February 1990.
The SoNA will celebrate national unity and reconciliation, especially during a seminal year for the country in which South Africa hosts the FIFA soccer world cup.
Part of the build-up to the event is the final round and prize-giving of the SoNA school debate on 10 February. The winners will attend the presentation of the address in Parliament.
State of the Nation events
- Monday, 8 - Thursday, 11 February: Road closures
- Tuesday, 9 February: President Zuma meets with leaders of political parties represented in Parliament
- Wedsnesday, 10 February:
- Thursday, 11 February, 19h00: President Zuma delivers the State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of Parliament
- Friday, 12 February:
- Sunday, 14 February: Interview with President Jacob Zuma on SABC1 on Sunday, at 18:30
- Monday, 15 February: Debate on the President’s address in the National Assembly Chamber
- Tuesday, 16 February: President Zuma replies to the debate at
14h00. This will be broadcast liveon Parliamentary channel, SABC 2, and E-News channel.
- Wednesday, 17 February: Minister Gordhan delivers the Budget to Parliament at 14:00
- Monday, 23 February: Ministers start briefing the media on the Programme of Action.
Parliament has special State of the Nation Address 2010 press arrangements.
To see whether you have been accredited, go to the 2010 SoNA media accreditation list [PDF].
Journalists and photographers wishing to cover these events from the National Assembly Chamber or broadcast from the Parliamentary precinct, must send their details for accreditation before 24 January 2010.
Public broadcast of the State of the Nation Address
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