The Speaker of the National Assembly,
The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces;
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP,
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa,
Former President Thabo Mbeki, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary,
Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
Premiers and Speakers of Provincial Legislatures,
Chairperson of SALGA,
The Heads of Chapter 9 Institutions,
Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders,
The President of the Muslim Judicial Council and all Leaders of faith based organisations,
The former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Frene Ginwala,
Veterans of the struggle for liberation,
Members of the diplomatic corps,
Fellow South Africans,
Good evening, sanibonani, molweni, dumelang, goeie naand, lotshani, riperile, ndimadekwana,
Thank you Madam Speaker and Madam Chairperson for this opportunity to address the joint sitting of Parliament.
An illustrious son of our country, President Oliver Reginald Tambo, would have turned 100 years old this year, had he lived.
This selfless patriot his adult life to a tireless pursuit of the liberation of our country and its people. He left a lasting legacy for all South Africans, and not only for his organisation, the ANC.
In his honour, we have declared the year 2017, the Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo. It is the year of unity in action by all South Africans as we move South Africa forward together.
We have the pleasure to host members of the Tambo family this evening, Mr Dali Tambo with his wife Rachel, and their son Oliver Tambo Junior.
We also fondly remember Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba, who made history when she addressed the United Nations in 1963, appealing for action against the apartheid regime.
We extend a warm welcome to her grand-daughter Zenzile Makeba Lee and great-grandson Lindelani.
In this 23rd year of our freedom, our mission remains the quest for a united, democratic, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa.
Guided by the National Development Plan, we are building a South Africa that must be free from poverty, inequality and unemployment.
While the global economic environment remains uncertain, indications are that we have entered a period of recovery. We anticipate an economic growth rate of 1.3 per cent in 2017 following an estimated 0.5 per cent in 2016. to be continued