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.
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.