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STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS 2021

President Ramaphosa delivers historic State of the Nation Address (SONA)

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n 11 February 2021, President Ramaphosa delivered what will be remembered as a historic SONA. It was delivered on the same day in 1990, exactly 31 years ago, when President Nelson Mandela walked out of the gates of Victor Verster prison. This year, for the first time, the SONA event was held during pandemic circumstances and protocols. This meant that limited attendees were allowed in Parliament to attend the address. For close to a year we have become accustomed to attending virtual meetings and events in an effort

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to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As we are still in the grip of this deadly pandemic, Parliament was obliged to follow life-saving protocols by limiting the attendance of the members of both houses, the executive, officials, VIP guests, ordinary guests and completely cancelling the usual pre-SONA ceremonies. By 11 February 2021, South Africa had recorded a loss of more than 45 000 lives and the virus had infected nearly one-anda-half million people in our country. It is against this backdrop that the President presented the much-anticipated

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