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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

South Africa Presidential inauguration to hold June 19

South Africa Presidential inauguration to hold June 19

After being reelected by Parliament on Friday, June 14, 2024, President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa will be inaugurated at the Union Buildings in Pretoria tomorrow.

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will administer the oath of office to the President-elect at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre in the Union Buildings. 

South African royalty, members of parliament, representatives of political parties, leaders of organised labour, business and civil society organisations, religious leaders, and South Africans who have excelled in a variety of roles and endeavours will be among the local and foreign guests attending the ceremony.

Representatives from international, continental, and regional organisations and bodies, including the United Nations, the African Union, and the Southern African Development Community, will be present.

Numerous heads of state and government, as well as previous heads of state and government from other parts of Africa and the world, will be in attendance to commemorate President-elect Ramaphosa.

Nine heads of delegation, three former heads of state and government, and eighteen heads of state and government have been invited thus far. More confirmations are coming in.

The Kingdom of Eswatini and the Kingdom of Lesotho; the Republics of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, and Tanzania; the Republic of Uganda; the People's Republic of China; the Arab Republic of Egypt; the State of Palestine; and the Republic of Cuba are among the nations that will be well-represented at the Inauguration.

The theme for the event is "30 Years of Democracy, Partnership, and Growth".

The activity for the day will begin with a cultural programme for members of the public on the South Lawns of the Union Buildings at 09h00.

The cultural programming provides a platform for local artists to display their skills while also allowing us as a nation to convey South Africa's cultural richness to our guests.

This show will combine music genres with other cultural and creative activities to create a cross-over appeal that highlights our achievements over the last 30 years of democracy.

During the formal proceedings from 110h00, the South African National Defence Force will perform the ceremonial elements of the Inauguration as a demonstration of allegiance to the Republic and the Commander-In-Chief. The ceremonial elements will include:
• a 21-gun salute,
• A salute flight by the South African Air Force
• Inspection of a South African National Defence Force battalion
• A Battalion marches past, and 
• A massed flypast 
 
The inaugural address will be given by the just-sworn-in President of the Republic.

Following President Jacob Zuma's resignation in February 2018, President-Elect Ramaphosa took office as the country's first president. 

The National Assembly chose President Ramaphosa to be the Republic's next president after the 2019 national and provincial elections. 

On June 14, 2024, the National Assembly reelected President Ramaphosa.

South Africans are cordially invited to watch the Presidential Inauguration, which will be shown and streamed on several national and international platforms.

The public is urged to be aware that Wednesday, June 19, 2024, is a regular working day.

It is recommended that anyone who is going to the event or Pretoria for other purposes check www.gov.za and www.tshwane.gov.za for updates on road closures in the Rietondale/Arcadia region as well as listen to and watch radio and television broadcasts for traffic information.

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