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Deputy President-designate David Mabuza was among several ANC and opposition leaders, who were sworn in as Members of Parliament in Speaker Baleka Mbete’s office in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced who is in and who is out when he selects his national Cabinet.

South Africa's newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament tonight, amid high expectations and enthusiasm.

The new President of the country will be sworn in at 2pm today. This follows the resignation of former President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday night.

President Jacob Zuma has tendered his resignation as the head of State in the Republic of South Africa after nine years in office.

There was chaos at the State of the Nation address in parliament when Speaker Baleka Mbete called in security services to remove the EFF MPs from the chamber to allow President Zuma to deliver his State of the Nation speech. It was delayed by more than one hour, and what he had to say was overshadowed by the earlier actions.

President Jacob Zuma will today respond to a two-day debate by Members of
Parliament on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) he delivered to South
Africans earlier this week.

President Jacob Zuma has assured the nation that government will continue
to invest in education and skills development as it forms the key to economic
growth and development.

Andrew Hannington, CEO of Grant Thornton Johannesburg, provides
commentary and snippets following President Jacob Zuma?s State of the
Nation Address on 17 June 2014.

From transforming the economy to creating decent work and improving
conditions in the mining sector, President Jacob Zuma?s State of the Nation
Address, has been received with vigour, by several of his Cabinet colleagues.

The new administration will focus on bolstering the economy. Delivering the
State of the Nation Address, President Zuma said there was a need for "far-
reaching' interventions by government, business and other social partners to
bolster growth and create decent jobs.

President Zuma returns from a week of recuperation to present the State of the
Nation address to parliament. What do you want to hear the president highlight in his
speech? What do you think is the true state of our nation?

President Jacob Zuma says government is moving closer to its target of having
more women in Cabinet and the national executive. In the previous
administration, there were a number of women ministers and government is
adding to this figure.

President Jacob Zuma has announced his new cabinet. Some of the
departments had been changed, others have been combined and two new
departments have been established.

The creation of a small business ministry as well as the ministerial
appointments made by President Jacob Zuma has been welcomed by
business.

President Jacob Zuma has announced the country's new Deputy President and the
Cabinet Ministers who will lead his second government. The President also announced
a number of changes to ministries.

With the conclusion on Saturday of South Africa?s fifth democratic elections, a
total 13 of the 29 parties that contested the 2014 elections received enough
votes to have representation in the National Assembly in Parliament

Almost 95% of the votes have been counted in the 2014 general election and
the ANC is in the lead with a massive 62% of the votes, followed by the DA
with 21% and the EFF with 6%.

The African National Congress is still leading with over two million votes as
election results continued to come in at the IEC results centre in Pretoria. Just
after 7am, the results board displayed 2 428 votes for the ANC followed by
the DA at 1 144.

The use of semiotics, data and social media in electoral campaigns; and the
adoption of this in South Africa leading up to the May elections has been
massive. Havas Southern Africa CEO Lynn Madeley explores the impact of
technology.

The country?s 22 263 voting stations will open on schedule at 7am on
Wednesday in anticipation of 25.39 million voters, who have registered to
vote, says IEC Chairperson Advocate Pansy Tlakula.

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has appealed to voters to
respect the privacy and secrecy of their vote by refraining from taking pictures
in the ballot booth and of their marked ballot papers in this week?s election.

It is all systems go as far as safety and security is concerned for the 2014
general elections that will take place on May 7, says Police Minister Nathi
Mthethwa.

"I just registered to vote so that I could Instagram it?, this quote has stuck by
me the last couple of months because something about it seems to express
the feelings of many South African born-frees.

In the run-up to the 2014 Elections politicians are pulling out all the stops and
the biggest opposition party has even gone so far as to guarantee free higher
education to South African voters.

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