CAPE TOWN- Preparations are under way for President Cyril Ramaphosa to give his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday night.

Ramaphosa was elected the new sitting president on Thursday in the National Assembly.

Baleke Mbete, Nation Assembly speaker of parliament and National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise conducted a joint programming committee meeting on Thursday to discuss logistics around Friday’s planned SONA.

Parliament acting secretary Penelope Tyawa give a update on the progress of the event.

SMS’s were sent out to all invited guests and the guest list was complied by 11;00am yesterday and accreditation process was kept as it was before.

“It’s all systems go,” Tyawa said.

The committee mood was was positive and joyful, as ANC chip whip Jackson Mthembu said that the joint committee changes were an “opening” to prepare usual SONA traditions in the morning.

“The opening will allow us to go do our hair and buy our clothes and be ready for 19:00,” he joked.

Modise chirped back: “The doing of the hair will be across “genders, it won’t be specific to just women, thank you.

The SONA proceeding is expected to start from 7pm.

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