Media Briefing Invitation

Tuesday 7th February 2017, 10.30am for 11am
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) offices
105 Hatfield Street, Gardens Cape Town, South Africa

Why a People’s SONA?

The State of the Nation Address, at the annual opening of Parliament, is an address to the nation by the President of the Republic of South Africa. The President addresses a joint sitting of the two houses of Parliament, the National Assembly (NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The address focuses on the current political and socio-economic state of the nation based on government’s assessments.. Therefore, we cannot assume that the address fully incorporates the views of the ordinary people of South Africa. Consequently, there is a gap in this exchange in terms of the articulation of the views of the wider South African society.

This People’s State of the Nation Assessment (PSONA) report seeks to fill this gap by collating the perceptions of ordinary South Africans who were surveyed by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) and also the Afrobarometer.

Where does the information come from?

The South African Reconciliation Barometer has surveved 3,500 and the Afrobarometer has surveyed 2,400 South Africans, across all nine provinces and in six languages through the South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) and the Afrobarometer, on a broad range of issues relating to politics, the economy, society and international relations.

How reflective of the people’s views are these findings and recommendations?

The Peoples’ SONA does not claim to speak for the whole South African society, however, it is a representative national sampling of a cross-section of our country, and is an important contribution to the debate relating to the State of our Nation.

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation will convene a Media Briefing on Tuesday 7th February 2017, from 11am to 12pm to formally launch the first edition of the Peoples’ SONA, at its Cape Town offices.

Media representatives are invited to attend this briefing and are requested to confirm their attendance to: Ms. Pamela Vutula, email: pvutula@ijr.org.za; Tel: 021 202 4071