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SONA 2020: Road Closures, Alternative Routes And Where To Watch

There’s nothing we can do about the road closures or traffic, but we can help you get to and from work

Latest update: 4 February 2020 

President Cyril Ramaphosa is delivering his fourth State Of The Nation Address (SONA) and second since being sworn in as president. While it's always an exciting event for the Mother City, it does mean road closures and traffic that you'll want to avoid.

The president has earmarked Thursday 13 February 2020 for SONA to take place at Parliament on 21 Plein Street. As usual, dignitaries start arriving from about 4pm and there’s a short ceremony that includes a military guard of honour and a 21-gun salute before the official address kicks off at 7pm.

If you're able to escape the CBD before the action starts and want to watch from the comfort of your couch, tune in to SABC or news or live-stream the event as it happens via Parliament's live YouTube feed.



In And Around The CBD

6am to 11:45pm 

  • Church Square

  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets and between Buitenkant and Brandweer streets

  • Closure of Company's Garden

  • Government Avenue (whole street)

  • Plein Street from Longmarket Street to Roeland Street

  • St Johns Street from Roeland Street to Vrede Street

  • Gallery Lane (whole street)

  • Bouquet Street (whole street)

  • Hope Street between Roeland and Wesley Streets

  • Wesley Street between Buitenkant and Hope Streets

  • Glynn Street between Buitenkant and Hope Streets

  • Wale Street: between Burg and Adderley Streets

  • Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament Streets

  • Spin Street and Mostert Street between Corporation and Parliament Streets

  • Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street

  • Mostert Street: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

  • Commercial St: between Plein and Buitenkant Streets

17:00 to 20:00 

  • Buitenkant Street between Roeland and Strand Streets

18:00 to 19:30 

  • Roeland Street, between Buitenkant and Brandweer Streets

Coming From Newlands, Rondebosch, Mowbray, Observatory, Salt River, Woodstock

17:45 to 19:30 

  • Klipper Road, Newlands: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

  • Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands: from Newlands Avenue to Union Avenue

  • Newlands Avenue, Newlands: from Dean Street to Princess Anne Avenue

  • Dean Street, Newlands, westbound: from Main Road (M4) to Newlands Avenue

  • M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive), Roeland Street, City-bound carriageway: from Newlands Avenue to Jutland Avenue

  • Woolsack Drive, Rondebosch, westbound: between Main Road (M4) and Rhodes Drive (M3)

  • Anzio Road, Observatory: from Main Road (M4) to Philip Kgosana Drive (De Waal Drive) (M3)

  • N2, Settlers Way City-bound carriageway: from Muizenberg offramp (M3) to Roodebloem Road



  • Klipper Road: between Main Road and M3

  • M3: between Princess Ann and Philip Kgosana Drive(De Waal Drive)

  • Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands

  • Church Square, corner of Spin and Parliament Streets

  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Brandweer Streets

  • Plein Street: between Roeland and Long Market Street

  • Spin Street: between Parliament and Plein Streets

  • Parliament Street: between Longmarket and Bureau Streets

  • Hatfield and St John’s Streets: between Roeland and Orange Streets

  • Adderley Street: between Wale Street and Longmarket Street

  • St Mary’s Cathedral Parking Area: between Bouquet and Roeland Streets

  • Gallery Lane

  • Queen Victoria Street

  • Commercial Street between Buitenkant and Plein Streets

  • Barrack Street between Buitenkant and Plein Streets

  • Albertus Street between Buitenkant and Corporation Streets

  • Caledon Street between Buitenkant and Corporation Streets

  • Mostert Street between Buitenkant and Plein Streets

  • Longmarket Street between Buitenkant and St Georges Mall

  • Wale Street up to Queen Victoria Street

  • Hope Street from Roeland to Wesley Street

  • Longmarket to Barrack Street

  • Darling Street between Corporation and Buitenkant Streets

  • Corporation between Longmarket and Barrack Streets

  • Glynn and Wesley Street between Hope Street and Buitenkant Streets

  • Buitenkant Street between Glynn and Wesley Street

  • Avenue Street and Paddock Street

  • Church Street from St Georges Mall to Adderley Street

  • Long Market Street from St George Mall to Adderley Street

  • Shortmarket and St Georges Mall

The best way into the CBD is via the N1, which you can access via the M5 (Black River Parkway), or M7 (Jakes Gerwel Dr).

Alternatively, you can use the M4 (Main Rd)  then turn right onto Christiaan Barnard Road to circle the outer CBD. Form there you can turn onto Hertzog Boulevard or carry on towards the N1. Both the N1 and Hertzog Boulevard brings you onto Adderley Street and the arterial roads going off it. 

Emergencies: Call the City’s Public Emergency Call Centre; dial 107 (landline) or 021 480 7700 (cell).

Enquiries: Contact the 24/7 Transport Information Centre at 0800 65 64 63 for any updates.



Are you going to wait out the SONA rush? Try one of these happy hour specials.

If you’re going to be out late you may as well try these things to do at night.


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