State of the Nation Address 2012



President Jacob Zuma presents the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to a joint sitting of Parliament at 19:00 on Thursday, 9 February 2012.

President Zuma invites South Africans to submit comments that they would like him to consider mentioning in the Address. Submit your comments using:

The State of the Nation Address is part of the opening of Parliament and is a key event on South Africa’s Parliamentary and political calendar.

The President addresses the nation in his capacity as Head of State, not only as Head of Government.

SONA is an opportunity for the President to take stock of the country’s domestic and foreign situation and to chart a common direction that we should take to enhance our efforts to achieve a better life for all.

During his speech, the President talks about government’s achievements of the past year and looks to the future by presenting a programme for the coming year, called the Programme of Action (PoA). The PoA sets out government’s plans to address various key government programmes.