There is a hive of activity in the Parliament precinct as workers prepare the final touches ahead of the much anticipated State of the Nation Address(SONA).

With SONA having been delayed by almost a week, there is now a sense of urgency by parliamentary staff to ensure that come 7pm on Friday, the stage is set for President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver his maiden address.

All that’s needed is the lights camera and action (and of course the much anticipated arrival of key political roleplayers) – as the nation awaits with baited breath to see what will ensue in the National Assembly.

Speaking on Morning Live on Friday, Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete said there is a sigh of relief as the pressure and the anxiety they have been feeling over the last week in the lead up to Jacob Zuma’s resignation, is finally over.

“It is all systems go,” emphasized Mbete.  The Speaker also highlighted that they are now back on track to do their Parliamentary work.