President Cyril Ramaphosa preparing his SONA 2018 Speech at his official residence Highstead, Cape Town. Picture: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa preparing his SONA 2018 Speech at his official residence Highstead, Cape Town. Picture: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
The inner city of Cape Town near Parliament is a no go zone as preparations for a State of the Nation Address (SONA), to be given by incoming president Cyril Ramaphosa, is on track for Friday evening. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe taken through parliamentary processes by Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Baleka Mbete in preparation for his State of the Nation Address later in the evening in Cape Town. Picture: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS
President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife Dr Tshepo Motsepe taken through parliamentary processes by Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Baleka Mbete in preparation for his State of the Nation Address later in the evening in Cape Town. Picture: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS
Preparations are underway at the Parliament precinct ahead of the State of the Nation Address in Cape Town. Picture: Kopano Tlape, GCIS

Cape Town - All eyes are on Parliament as President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday evening in Parliament.

Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's new president on Thursday afternoon after Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday.

Read more: NEWS JUST IN: Ramaphosa sworn in as president

Ramaphosa is expected to cover policy objectives for the year ahead as well as highlight achievements and challenges over the past year.

Political, economic and social issues will also be tackled.

"It will involve a ceremonial parade exhibiting military traditions, drills and ethos of the army, the navy and the air force of the Republic of South Africa. This includes a national salute by the Ceremonial Guard of the South African National Defence Force, a military band, a salute flight by the South African Air Force and a 21-gun salute," said Parliament in a statement.

Police are on high alert and have assembled in various parts of the Cape Town CBD prior to SONA which is set to take place at 7pm.

A number of main roads in the CBD and the southern suburbs are set to be closed from 6am to 11:45pm on Friday.

Read more: #SONA2018: Navigating your way around the road closures