State of the Nation to be held at Cape Town City Hall

State of the Nation to be held at Cape Town City Hall

Parliament’s presiding officers have confirmed the alternative venue for this year’s State of the Nation Address. 

Parliament hybrid sitting Covid19

Ramaphosa will deliver his addresss on 10 February.

The decision was taken on Friday after a meeting with the presiding officers.

This follows the devastating fire that destroyed parliamentary buildings, including parts of the National Assembly building. 

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says City Hall was a suitable venue.

“The City Hall was considered a suitable venue technically in terms of infrastructure and its capacity. It is also a befitting place considering its historical significance which is embedded in the minds and hearts of South Africans.

“Cape Town's City Hall is the first place where the founding president of our democratic South Africa, former president Nelson Mandela, addressed the nation after his release from prison on 11 February 1990, with President Cyril Ramaphosa by his side.

“We have ensured that this decision to host the SONA outside the Chamber of the National Assembly is taken in compliance with the Joint Rules of Parliament that determine where a Joint Sitting may be held,” says Mothapo.



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