President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 16 February 2018. The annual speech kicks off the Parliamentary year and focuses on the country’s current political and economic situation.
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What is the theme for the 2018 State of the Nation Address?
The 2018 theme is Making Your Future Work Better – Learning from Madiba.
What happens during the State of the Nation Address?
The President sets out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead;
It highlights the achievements and challenges experienced over the past year and maps the year ahead;
It covers wide-ranging political, economic and social matters and considers the general state of South Africa;
It deliberates on South Africa’s domestic affairs as well as its continental and international relations; and
The full address is recorded in the Minutes of Proceedings.
What happens after the State of the Nation Address?
Political parties have an opportunity to debate, comment and raise questions on matters addressed in the President’s speech during a debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address. This year the debate is scheduled for Monday, 19 February 2018. The President will have the opportunity to reply to the debate on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.
The cyclical link between the State of the Nation Address, the Budget and the Oversight function of Parliament
The State of the Nation Address outlines government’s priorities for the year;
The Minister of Finance allocates the Budget in line with the priorities outlined in the State of Nation Address including regular reporting. The Minister of Finance will deliver the budget speech in the National Assembly Chamber on Wednesday, 21 February 2018;
Parliament conducts oversight to ensure that government delivers on the priorities set out in the State of the Nation Address and checks that allocated funds are spent accordingly.