President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday, 9 February 2023 at 7pm. The address will take place before a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament.
The address is an important milestone as it brings certainty to the country’s political, social and economic landscape. It demonstrates that South Africa’s democracy remains robust.
In the address, President Cyril Ramaphosa will set out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead, flag challenges and outline interventions to unlock our nation’s potential.
During his address, the President will also highlight what has been achieved since his last address in 2022. He will also reflect on the progress made in implementing the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).
This year’s address follows an extremely challenging year that included the devastating floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and North West. A further issue has been the continued impact of loadshedding on the South African households and businesses.
Despite the challenges, the country has made strong advances in economic growth, job creation and holding those involved in corruption to account. Key legislative interventions have been implemented to address Gender- Based Violence and Femicide.
With several challenges still to be resolved, the address lays the foundation for the year ahead on how our nation will tackle these areas. The State of the Nation Address is our rallying point to work together to advance our nation.
The address marks the official start of the Parliamentary programme. It will be followed by a debate in the National Assembly and the President’s reply to the debate.