Zuma has high tea with guests ahead of Sona

By Drum Digital
11 February 2015

President Jacob Zuma met with special guests for high tea ahead of Thursday's state-of-the-nation address (Sona), the presidency said.

President Jacob Zuma met with special guests for high tea ahead of Thursday's state-of-the-nation address (Sona), the presidency said on Wednesday.

"We believe the opening of Parliament and the state-of-the-nation address is an event for all South Africans because Parliament is an institution of the people and we therefore want people to visit Parliament to feel part of it," Zuma told the guests.

"That's why every year we invite special guests of the president on the strength of the good work that they do in the development and promotion of our country and the sacrifices each has made for South Africa."

He said those who were representing the country internationally were invited, as well as the families of struggle heroes.

Zuma's guests included Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos, winner of the 2014 agriculture female entrepreneur awards programme Ivy Nokwanele Mzamo, winner of the 2014 water conservation award Mapule Phokompe, and Banyana Banyana striker and sports star of 2014 Portia Modise.

Three pupils, Ofentse Mahasha, Tiisetso Mashiloane and Hlengiwe Moletsane, from Moletsane High School, were also present.

The pupils won a competition to attend the G20 leader's summit in Australia in November 2014.

-SAPA

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