President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the State of the Nation Address on 13 February 2020 at 7pm before a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament.
The President will take the nation into his confidence on the way forward, set the tone on critical matters and report back to South Africans on the progress since his last address in June last year.
The address builds on the success of the recent free and fair 2019 General Elections, which served to renew and strengthen our democracy.
He will also use the opportunity to chart the course for the implementation of electoral mandate as reflected in the 2019–2024 Medium Term Strategic Framework.
The address takes place in the week when the country marks the 30th anniversary of the release of former President Nelson Mandela after spending 27 years in prison for fighting for freedom. His release set us in motion to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa.
While there is still much to do in creating the country we envisioned at the start of our constitutional democracy in 1994, South Africa has come a long way over the past 26 years.
Things we today take for granted like freedom of movement and speech, having access to healthcare, or sending your kids to a school of your choice were denied to the majority of South Africans.