SONA 2019: When, Where to Watch and How It Affects You
President Cyril Ramaphosa is delivering his 2019 State Of The Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday 7 February in Cape Town. But what is SONA, where does it take place, where can you watch it and how will it affect you (traffic wise)?
WHAT IS SONA AND WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT LAY OUT IN HIS SPEECH
The State Of The Nation Address marks the opening of parliament for the new year. The president will address the entire country, reporting back on his administration’s progress over the past year, and then set out his administration’s agenda and priorities for the next year.
WHEN AND WHERE IT’S HAPPENING
SONA and the opening of parliament take place at Parliament on 21 Plein Street in Cape Town this Thursday 7 February 2019 and dignitaries start arriving at parliament from around 4pm onwards. Before the address at 7pm, there is a short ceremony comprising a military guard of honour and a 21-gun salute.
WHAT THOSE IN THE KNOW EXPECT THE PRESIDENT TO TALK ABOUT
Bosasa, a company that secured some major tenders from government in the last decade, is currently at the centre of a massive corruption-whistleblower saga. It is widely expected that President Ramaphosa will address it at SONA.
WHERE CAN I WATCH (OR BE A PART OF IT)
Although many roads and sections of the CBD around parliament will be closed (see details below), we did contact a few places around Cape Town and found at least four who will be screening SONA live in their establishments. They are:
The Fireman’s Arms
CBD: Buitengracht St & Mechau St, De Waterkant
+27 (0)21 419 1513
Tamboerskloof: 100 Kloof St
+27 (0)21 422 3638
Roxy Late Night
Gardens: 14 Wandel St
+27 (0)21 461 8507
Observatory: 1 Herschel Rd
+27 (0)72 337 3218
If you’re watching from home, SABC 2 will screen coverage of SONA from 6pm onwards on 7 February 2019. Or, you can see the whole event as it happens via parliament’s live YouTube feed.