Road closures for the State of the Nation address on Friday 16 February, including Newlands and CBD. Graphic: City of Cape Town
Road closures for the State of the Nation address on Friday 16 February, including Newlands and CBD. Graphic: City of Cape Town
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no-go zone for traffic. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency

Cape Town - Newly-elected president Cyril Ramaphosa faces the toughest moment of his political career as he prepares for his first State of the Nation address tonight, after just 26 hours in office.

To make sure he's in the house on time, police will be closing a number of main roads in the CBD and, to a lesser extent, the southern suburbs. Here’s our guide to avoiding the road closures:

FROM 6AM UNTIL 11.45PM ON FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY:

Wale Street between Burg Street and Adderley Street:

Turn right into Long Street and left into Orange Street.

Bureau Street between Adderley Street and Parliament Street:

From Spin Street: Turn right into Corporation Street and left into Caledon Street, then left into Buitenkant Street and left or right into Darling Street, or right into Buitenkant Street and all the way up to Mill Street.

From Wale Street: Turn right into Long Street, left into Orange Street and left into Buitenkant Street.

Spin Street and Mostert Street between Corporate Street and Parliament Street:

Continue down Corporation Street and left into Caledon Street, then left or right into Buitenkant Street.

Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street:

From Longmarket Street: Left into Parliament Street, right into Darling Street and right into Buitenkant Street.

Plein Street between Roeland Street and Longmarket Street:

DON’T turn down Hatfield street from Mill Street.

Continue along Longmarket Street, right into Corporation Street and left into Caledon Street, then left into Buitenkant Street and left or right into Darling Street, or right into Buitenkant Street and all the way up to Mill Street.

Roland Street between Plein and Buitenkant Streets:

Going towards Parliament: Turn left into Buitenkant Street and right into Mill Street or right into Buitenkant Street and left into Darling Street.

St John’s Road from Roeland Street to Vrede Street:

Turn right into Wandel Street and right into Gordon Street, right into Hopeville Street and right or left into Mill street.

Mostert Street between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street:

Continue down Corporation Street and left into Caledon Street, then left or right into Buitenkant Street.

Hope Street from Roeland Street to Wesley Street:

Turn right into Vrede Street, right into Wandel Street, left into Incholm Street, right into Hope Street, then right into Mill Street.

Glynn Street from Buitenkant Street to Hope Street:

Turn right into Wesley Street and right or left into Buitenkant Street.

Wesley Street from Buitenkant Street to Hope Street:

Turn right into Wesley Street and right or left into Buitenkant Street.

Bureau Street between Adderley Street and Parliament Street:

From Spin Street: Turn right into Corporation Street and left into Caledon Street, then left into Buitenkant Street and left or right into Darling Street, or right into Buitenkant Street and all the way up to Mill Street.

From Wale Street: Turn right into Long Street, left into Orange Street.

Commercial Street between Plein and Buitenkant Streets:

Going towards Parliament: Turn left into Buitenkant Street and right into Mill Street or right into Buitenkant Street and left into Darling Street.

FROM 5.45PM UNTIL 7.15PM ON FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY:

Roeland Street between Buitenkant Street and Brandweer Street:

From De Villiers Street: Turn Left into Constitution Street, left into Vogelgezang Street, right into Keizersgracht Street, left into Searle Street and left on to Nelson Mandela Boulevard.

From Mill Street: Continue over Roeland Street bridge and on to De Waal Drive or turn left into Hope Street to access the Roodehek Street area, or right into Clive street to access the Vredehoek area.

Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, De Waal Drive and Roeland Street from Newlands Avenue to the city centre:

Turn right into Newlands Avenue, right into Annenberg Road, left into Main Street, right into Sans Souci Road, then left or right into Main Road.Klipper Road Newlands from Main road to Newlands Avenue:

From Main Road: Take Protea Road and Union to Newlands Avenue.

From Newlands Avenue: Turn right into Dean Street, then left or right into Main Road.

Woolsack Drive westbound between Main Road and Rhodes Drive:

Could not find an alternative route.

Anzio Road from Main Road to De Waal Road:

From Mowbray: Continue south on Main Road, turn right into Penzance Road and right into Falmouth Road.

From Rondebosch: Turn left into Penzance Road and right into Falmouth Road.

Klipper Road from Main Road to Newlands Avenue:

Turn right into Annenberg Road, left into Main Street, right into Sans Souci Road, then left or right into Main Road.

Princess Anne Avenue from Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue:

Turn right into Annenberg Road, left into Main Street, right into Sans Souci Road, then left or right into Main Road.

Newlands Avenue from Dean Street to Pincess Anne Avenue:

Turn right into Annenberg Road, left into Main Street, right into Sans Souci Road, then left or right into Main Road.

Dean Street Westbound from Main Road to Newlands Avenue:

Turn right into Annenberg Road, left into Main Street, right into Sans Souci Road, then left or right into Main Road.

N2 inbound from the Muizenberg off-ramp onto the M3 to Roodebloem Road:

Take the M4 off-ramp and turn right into Main Road.

SIMPLIFIED ROUTES INTO THE CITY BOWL DURING THE ROAD CLOSURES:

From the N2 (Settler's Way):

Take the N1 and FW de Klerk Boulevard via the M5 (Black River Parkway) or M7 (Jakes Gerwel Drive).

From the M3 (Union Avenue):

Take the M5 (Black River Parkway) and N1 (FW de Klerk Boulevard), or M4 (Main Road) as far as the Good Hope Centre, then left onto Tennant Road or right onto Christiaan Barnard Road to circle the outer CBD.

Outer CBD Circle Route:

 Christiaan Barnard Road

Table Bay Boulevard

Buitengracht

Buitensingel

Orange Street

Jutland Avenue

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