The SA Military Health Band is filling Parliament's precinct with gentle jazz tunes while the final stretches of the red carpet are laid out to welcome arrivals for President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.
NO TO NORTH:
Pictures of North Korean flags, the North's leader Kim Jong Un and North's missiles are burned by anti-North Korea protesters during a rally in downtown Seoul, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man, AP)
Razor wire and more police reinforcements have been rolled out near Parliament after hundreds of Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members attempted to break through a barrier fence and make their way onto the parliamentary precinct.