Parliament is set to present the State of the Nation Address on Thursday, 8 February, a day which is rich with symbolism and state ceremonial activities which showcases the country’s cultural diversity.
The 2018 SONA comes at a special time – as the country marks the centenary anniversary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, the late Nelson Mandela.
Parliament confirmed on Thursday that National Assembly will not be affected by the Western Cape ‘Water crisis’ during the State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma who will be delivering his ninth SONA.
Parliament presiding officers confirmed that they are in talks with the Department of Public Works with the aim of averting a possible negative impact the Cape Town water crisis might have on the State of the Nation Address.
“On behalf of Parliament, the presiding officers note the risks associated with the water crisis of the Western Cape – Cape Town in particular – and its potential impact on the State of the Nation Address.
“Discussions are ongoing between the Department of Public Works and other stakeholders to ensure that any potential negative impact is averted,”National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said.
She said this as the city braces itself for Day Zero – when taps will be shut due to depleted dam levels – which is brought about by the worst drought to hit the metro in years.
In paying homage to the life and legacy of this remarkable South African and father of the nation who is revered around the world, Parliament has decided that the theme that will inspire and guide its work during the year 2018 shall be: “Making your future work better – learning from Madiba”.