The first term of Parliament (24 January to 31 March 2017) will see the first major event of the year, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Zuma on 9 February 2017. The President will deliver the speech to a special joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The debates on the SONA will be held on 14 and 15 February 2017 and the President will reply to the debate on 16 February 2017.
On 22 February the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan will deliver the 2016 Budget Speech. This year, in addition to the focus on South Africa’s growth forecast and inflation rate, the Minister will probably focus on much publicised issues such as education, the unemployment rate and how to plug the budget shortfall.
Final dates for the President’s question session before the National Assembly and that of the Deputy President before the NCOP have not yet been announced.
See infographic below for the most important dates on the parliamentary calendar so far:
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