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State of the Nation Address 2018 (SONA 2018)
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When is the State of the Nation Address happening?
The State of the Nation Address (or SONA) will be delivered to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on Friday 16 February 2018 at 7pm.

What is the State of the Nation Address?
It is an annual address to the nation by the President of the Republic of South Africa as the Head of State which focuses on the current political and socio-economic state of the nation.

What happens during the State of the Nation Address?
The President sets out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead;
  • It highlights the achievements and challenges experienced over the past year and maps the year ahead;
  • It covers wide-ranging political, economic and social matters and considers the general state of South Africa;
  • It deliberates on South Africa’s domestic affairs as well as its continental and international relations; and
  • The full address is recorded in the Minutes of Proceedings.

What happens after the State of the Nation Address?
Political parties have an opportunity to debate, comment and raise questions on matters addressed in the President’s speech during a debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address. This year the debate is scheduled for Monday, 19 February 2018. The President will have the opportunity to reply to the debate on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

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