After more than a week's delay, the State of the Nation Address 2018 is finally taking place.
Legendary late jazz musician Bra Hugh Masekela's spirit lives on in Parliament during Sona.
Aceeeeeee! Eh hem, sorry, excuse that please. Parly behaviour got the better of us.
Magashule says he is confident about South Africa's future.
Bheki Cele says the speech was excellent but the land issue must be more clear.
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So what are your thoughts on Sona2018?
"If he can implement what he said, South Africa will become a better place." FW De Klerk.
Mmusi Maimane says it seems government is talking about the same policies they used to talk about. Maimane says there was no clear plan.
Sona reaction: ANC MPs celebrate!
"Now is the time for us to honour the memory of Nelson Mandela." Ramaphosa drops mic.
No he ends address.
"I wanna be there for when they start to turn it around." Ramaphosa quotes the late jazz musician Hugh Masekela.
"Accceeeeeeee!" EFF MPs shouted.
Magashule has been linked to state capture and corruption...
Members of Parliament disturb Ramaphosa as he talks about state capture. They say: "ACEEEEE!" Referring to Free State Premier Ace Magashule.
Faith Muthambi and Des van Rooyen as Ramaphosa calls for people serving on State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) to have integrity and credentials:
How will Ramaphosa deal with crime?
Ramaphosa assures South Africans that he will take personal action to ensure no-one in government undermines the social grants handover process.
Us: Hello rand, how are you doing?
The rand: I surrendered some gains on Friday but remained near my three-year best ahead of Cyril Ramaphosa’s Sona.
Us: [round of applause]
The finance minister will clarify free higher education:
A national minimum wage will be introduced in May. (1 May happens to be Worker's Day).
As we reel ourselves back to the National Assembly...
Cyril for president! Oh, he's already president.
See what we mean? The streets are responding to him well.
This is Cyril Ramaphosa. He is the new president of South Africa. So far so good, the streets (aka Twitter) seem to like him. He's currently (7:58pm) delivering his State of the Nation Address. Credit: AFP.
Get those bags ready! Tourism is growing...
"We have the most beautiful country in the whole world! We are the most hospitable country in the whole world. Let us make South Africa the real hub of tourism." Ramaphosa says.
Land. Land. You get land, we get land, look under your seat: LAND! Ramaphosa promises that agriculture will get land.
"We want to be able to support star-ups. We will reduce the regulatory barrier for small businesses." Ramaphosa said.
Are you watching or listening to #SONA2018? What are your thoughts so far?
The mining sector is going to be revived Ramaphosa promises.
The president promises to prioritize young South Africans
Seize the moment, seize the day. The president urges you.
Okay back to the serious stuff...
Okay, this is the last one
No point of orders from the red berets...
The president speaks of a job summit where everyone will come up with ideas to resolve the high unemployment issue in our country. "We expect this summit to come up with practical ideas to be implemented urgently." Ramaphosa added.
Ramaphosa says our task as South Africans is to seize the moment.
Ramaphosa: "There are early indications investor confidence is on the rise."
Feel it! It is here! Ramaphosa says a new dawn is upon us.
Are you determined to build this society Ramaphosa is calling for?
Unity seems to be the key factor on Ramaphosa's speech. He's calling for peace and for us to work together. To be one. Simunye!
Ramaphosa calls for unity saying a new dawn has arrived.
"No nation can be free until its women are also free," Ramaphosa says.
The president also paid tribute to Nelson Mandela:
A jovial mood on Twitter...
The movie 'Black Panther' is released in SA cinemas tonight but we know you are here for this! You are here for #SONA2018
The president thanks former president Jacob Zuma "for the way he approached this sensitive matter". Some respond with moans.
Ramaphosa thanks South Africans for their patience as Sona was postponed to deal with his resignation.
The president acknowledges all in attendance.
[IN CASE YOU MISSED THE MOMENT RAMAPHOSA WALKED IN] Ramaphosa enters the chamber:
Ramaphosa now greets the former presidents of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk.
[WATCH LIVE] Watch the new president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation on the government's plans for the year 2018:
So much praise for Ramaphosa and his wife on Twitter
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika! Morena boloka sechaba sa rena! God Bless South Africa
Chosen One! No sorry. President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived. How do you feel?
Speculation is rife that the current Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will be the first to go when Ramaphosa reshuffles the Cabinet. What do you think?
Are you ready for SONA2018? Are you with us? Stay right here where you won't miss a beat.
[WATCH LIVE] Always here for you! Watch the build-up to the State of the Nation Address below:
[MUST WATCH] Cue South Africa’s premiers arriving at Parliament... aaannddd North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has a special greeting for you, just you, yes YOU!
Look there's a chief justice, another one and another... Chief justices in the House!
[WATCH] The EFF sing and dance on their way to the National Assembly:
Moments away from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s arrival at the steps of Parliament. The military band prepare for Ramaphosa.
Guests are starting to make their way into the National Assembly.
President Cyril Ramaphosa taken through Parliamentary processes in preparation for his State of the Nation Address.
Do you also see red or is it just us?
Former president FW De Klerk. What a stern, strong look the gentleman in the black suit has!
We will just leave this here...
Get yourself a man who looks at you the way the man below looks at Cyril Ramaphosa. (Just a suggestion)
Besides being politicians they are also people, like us. They can also bring it! The glitz, the glamour and the outright hotness that MPs' wives are, checkout MPs on the red carpet in pictures.
We are here for you! Our team is everywhere, just for you. We now go inside the National Assembly where MPs are coming in
Stella Ndabeni Abrams looks beautiful, maybe headed to 'Black Panther' movie after SONA2018?
Fikile Mbalula and his wife. Caption this...
David Mahlobo says Cyril Ramaphosa is going to take his time to strengthen his executive.
Malusi Gigaba says he feels excited as there is a positive mood in the country at the moment
There is absolutely nothing to see here. Just nothing.
Yasssss! Mandla Mandela and his wife!
Stunning! We put it here again just for control. How many stars for these two?
Bheki Cele and his wife! They look stunning!
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development.
ACDP leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe and his wife.
Are you going to Sona? Here are details of parking facilities in the parliamentary precinct:
NCOP’s Phindiwe Samka-Mququ says she had 2 outfits:
DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie looking lovely
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu is looking dapper
Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota... He's not dressed yet, he's going to change, you'll see
The red carpet is set and Members of Parliament are showcasing their fashion...
South Africans have expressed some of their wishes for what they want Ramaphosa to address at Sona.
Parliament's spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, explains who will be attending Sona under which guest category.
National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete says SA needs to work towards dealing with the challenges of the country without screaming at each other.
Another highlight of every Sona is the fashion seen on the red carpet before the address. Here's a recap of what MPs and other attendees wore last year.
Preparations for Sona 2018 got underway early on Friday morning, with Ramaphosa and MPs spotted making their way into Parliament.
A day after Zuma's resignation, Ramaphosa was nominated, elected and sworn-in in Parliament as South Africa's new president.
On the evening of Wednesday, 14 February Jacob Zuma confirmed speculations and announced his resignation in a live public address from Pretoria. Paving the way for Cyril Ramaphosa to take over and be the one to deliver Sona.
South Africans on Twitter and Facebook got in on the Sona postponement conversation, also predicting the beginning of the end for Zuma.
A sources told Eyewitness News that the postponement of Sona was the beginning of the end of the Jacob Zuma presidency.
The parties were successful in their request and Mbete announced the postponement of Sona a week later. This is the first time Sona had been postponed in the history of South Africa's democratic dispensation.
Two weeks ago, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) wrote to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete, requesting that the State of the Nation Address (Sona) be moved until President Jacob Zuma is removed from office and Parliament elects a new head of state.