The State of the Nation Address (SONA) this night will take place on the 31st anniversary of former President Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says different MPs and company will observe proceedings nearly.
“Various categories of guests, including members of the public, who cannot be accommodated will link up through a webinar that has a capacity for 1 000 guests. The platform will be non-interactive, with no chat capabilities.”
“Former President Thabo Mbeki, former Deputy President Phumizle Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Speaker Baleke Mbete and former National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chair Mninwa Mahlangu registered for the webinar,” provides Mothapo.
Mothapo: Former President Thabo Mbeki, former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former NA Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete and former NCOP Chairperson Mr Mninwa Mahlangu have all registered for the webinar.#SONA2021
— Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) February 10, 2021
Several roads round Parliament shall be closed in anticipation of the State of the Nation Address on Thursday night, regardless of it being a really downscaled affair on account of COVID-19.
Despite this, Parliament’s Presiding Officers say safety outdoors the precinct will stay tight.
National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise briefs the media forward of the State of the Nation Address:
Speaker of the National Assembly Thandi Modise says safety preparations outdoors the precinct shall be carried out by the federal government’s safety cluster.
“We will confirm with the executive why roads will be closed. As far as we know, inside Parliament, no security and that is where our jurisdiction starts and ends as Parliament. Do know, people who want to march, subject to confirmation with security cluster ministers, can say whether closures related to that.”
— Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) February 9, 2021
2021 SONA to price R100 000
Modise says the State of the Nation Address is anticipated to price about R100 000.
This is considerably lower than the hundreds of thousands of rand it has price taxpayers in earlier years.
The common pomp and ceremony across the occasion have been cancelled as a result of DCOVI-19 pandemic.
Only 50 folks shall be allowed contained in the National Assembly when President Cyril Ramaphosa presents his handle, whereas different members of Parliament and company will observe proceedings on digital platforms.
These embrace MPs, company and media.
Modise says this year the largest expense shall be connectivity prices.
“The only cost to bear as Parliament for this particular SONA will be the cost of paying for virtual connectivity. Thus far, Parliament is estimating just over R100 000 for this whole exercise,” explains Modise.
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