The first term of Parliament and the last term of the Fifth Parliament (7 February to 29 March 2019) will see the first major event of the year, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Ramaphosa on 7 February 2019. The President will deliver the speech (his second), 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 12 and 13 February 2018 and the President will reply to the debate on 14 February 2018.
On 20 February the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni will deliver the 2018 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.
Other highlights on the parliamentary programme include the last voter registration weekend scheduled for 26 and 27 January 2019. Although the date has not yet been finalised, the 2019 general elections will take place in May 2019. .
See infographic below for the most important dates on the parliamentary calendar so far: