For the first time in almost a decade someone other than former President Jacob Zuma will walk on the red carpet to the doors of the Parliament to deliver the address.
Roads mostly in the Cape Town DBD will be closed from 6am Friday morning to accommodate the address.
Zuma was due to deliver the address last Thursday.
However, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete postponed it because of increased opposition to Zuma’s leadership and mounting calls for the ANC National Executive Committee to recall him.
Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says: “We are definitely ready since the announcement of the new date on Thursday, we went into full gear.”
“We have already informed the guests that were already invited. The accreditation process will be reopened Friday morning until in the afternoon. Those who have already been accredited such as the media and other categories of guests is just a matter of verifying their accreditation,” adds Mothapo.