President Jacob Zuma is inviting South Africans to make a contribution to his annual State of the Nation Address to be delivered during the official opening of Parliament on Thursday.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says they want more people to raise their views. “President Jacob Zuma is basically preparing his State of the Nation Address and he is therefore inviting the public to submit comments that they would like the President to consider mentioning in his address. Comments can be submitted to his person twitter account @sapresident or www.facebook.com/presidencyza. These comments will be taken into account.” “They have proved useful last year and we hope that further engagement by the public will enrich the address and follow up activities,” added Maharaj. Last year the Presidency received a message from a woman in Bekkersdal on Gauteng’s West Rand, complaining about a lack of low-cost housing in her township. It was found that the area was subject to sinkholes. New houses will be built for her community in Mohlakeng.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says they want more people to raise their views.
The SONA is part of the opening of Parliament during a joint sitting of the two houses namely the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, which is convened by the President in terms of section 84(2)(d) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, read with Rule 7(1)(a) of the Joint Rules of Parliament.
Primarily, the SONA provides the President with a platform to communicate to Parliament and the Joint National Assembly but also very importantly the Address allows the President to communicate with the people of South Africa.