President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the 2023 State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament – the National Assembly (NA) and National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Cape Town City Hall

9 February 2023.

This year, it will be 10 years since we bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, the first President of a democratic South Africa, our beloved Madiba. It will also be 105 years since his birth.

As we honour his remarkable life, let us draw inspiration from the words he spoke at his inauguration in 1994 when he said:

“Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.

“Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.”

To build such a society, to overcome the great difficulties of the moment, we need to work together. We need to stay the course.

We need, as a nation, at this time more than any other, to reveal our true character. We need to work together and leave no one behind.

#SONA2023 #LeaveNoOneBehind

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