Busy start to Parliamentary Term

The State of the Nation Address, the Budget Speech and a conference in support of the people of Cuba, Palestine and Western Sahara are some among a number of highlights on Parliament's first term programme for 2014.

Preparations for the State of the Nation Address on 13 February to a joint sitting of the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) are advanced. The occasion - a highlight on our Parliamentary and political calendar - will again take place in the evening. This is to allow people to follow the proceedings, which will be broadcast live on radio and television and a number of big screens countrywide.

Members of the public, seated in the public galleries of the NA Chamber when President Jacob Zuma delivers the address on 13 February, will be able to have the address interpreted in any of our 11 official languages.

This is one of the features of the major audio and information technology upgrade, completed in the NA Chamber over the past three months.

It will be President Jacob Zuma's last State of the Nation Address to the fourth democratic Parliament because a fifth democratic Parliament will be established after the general election this year.