Cape Town - Cape mayor Dan Plato welcomed those attending the State of the Nation Address (SONA) at Parliament this week.
"We are privileged to host this important event, which sets the tone for the country for the year that lies ahead and has the potential to inspire and harness our collective energy to build a better South Africa for all.
"It is therefore fitting that the SONA takes place in our beautiful city, recently named the World’s Leading Festivals and Events Destination at the World Tourism Awards 2018," Plato said.
"To the parliamentarians, dignitaries, members of the media and members of the public attending the SONA, your presence here is appreciated, and also provides a welcome boost to our local economy.
"A number of City departments have worked closely with parliamentary officials and other governmental agencies on the logistical aspects of the SONA," he said.
Key to this are the road closures that will start taking effect from 06:00 on Thursday.