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Parliament declared ready to host SONA 2017

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli says that Parliament is ready to host the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma and this year’s important address.

“As usual, the preparations for the State of the Nation Address begin somewhere in the last quarter of the year before so that we get our ducks in a row and we are ready with the invitations to people who should be invited so that we sort out whatever needs sorting out from the systems that need to be placed and we deal with the lessons from previous State of the Nation Addresses and adjust accordingly where there is a need for that,” he said.

He said Parliament is looking forward to the speech as it is going to inform the debate that will unfold thereafter, which will officially mark the beginning of the work of Parliament.

The debate on the State of the Nation Address and the President’s reply to the debate will be followed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget on 22 February 2017.

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