President Jacob Zuma delivered his ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 9 February 2017, at 7pm.
The theme for 2017 is "The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action, Together Moving South Africa Forward.” Both Houses of Parliament was present, along with all 9 premiers and special dignitaries.
What is SONA?
The speech marks the official opening of parliament for the year and is aimed at informing the nation about what government will be focusing on for the next year. The President will assess our country’s domestic and foreign situation and set out plans to improve the lives of South Africans.
In his speech, the President will talk about government’s achievements and challenges of the past year and will also present the focus areas for the coming year. These focus areas will set out government’s plans to address various key government programmes.
How SONA affects you
Building a better country involves everyone. During his address in 2014, President Zuma said, “we have to work together as government, business and labour to grow our economy at rates that are above 5% to be able to create the jobs we need”.
The State of the Nation Address is an opportunity for you to know what government has planned for the year and also an opportunity to get involved.
State of the Nation Address 2017