[LIVE BLOG] Now is the time... Ramaphosa delivers #Sona2018

After more than a week's delay, the State of the Nation Address 2018 is finally taking place.

Aceeeeeee! Eh hem, sorry, excuse that please. Parly behaviour got the better of us.
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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.

"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.

Just for control...

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.

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...

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.

"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

Okay back to the serious stuff...

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:

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.

Ramaphosa now greets the former presidents of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and FW De Klerk.

Nkosi SikeleliAfrika! Morena boloka sechaba sa rena! God Bless South Africa

Chosen One! No sorry. President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived. How do you feel?

[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!

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.

Former president FW De Klerk. What a stern, strong look the gentleman in the black suit has!

We are here for you! Our team is everywhere, just for you. We now go inside the National Assembly where MPs are coming in

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Stella Ndabeni Abrams looks beautiful, maybe headed to 'Black Panther' movie after SONA2018?

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

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.

NCOP’s Phindiwe Samka-Mququ says she had 2 outfits:

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.

Preparations for Sona 2018 got underway early on Friday morning, with Ramaphosa and MPs spotted making their way into Parliament. 

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.