What is the State of the Nation Address?
- The State of the Nation Address is an address to the nation by the President of the Republic of South Africa as the Head of State. It is commonly referred to as the annual opening of Parliament.
- The President uses this occasion to set out the government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year ahead in a wide-ranging address to Members of Parliament, which is the basis for executive action during that calendar year.
- Since 1994, the tone of the State of the Nation Address has been inclusive, joyful and informal. The Opening of Parliament became an opportunity to showcase the country’s cultural diversity and a chance for ordinary citizens, especially children, to become part of this special day.
- It is one of the rare occasions where the three arms of State, the Executive (Government), the Legislature (Parliament) and the Judiciary (the Courts) gather in one place.
- The Executive is represented by the President, Deputy President and Ministers
- The other spheres of government are represented through the Premiers and representatives of local government.
- The Judiciary is represented by the country’s Chief Justice and the Judge Presidents; and
- The Legislature is represented by the Presiding Officers and Members of Parliament (MPs)
- Members of the public also attend the State of the Nation Address and participate in the occasion in the form of the civilian guard. This is usually by invitation only.
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