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To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament on Thursday 9 February 2017, the National Government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have requested that the City of Cape Town effect extended road closures in the city, from as early as 06:00

The National Government and the SAPS have requested that a number of roads, mostly in the central business district (CBD), be closed for an extended time starting from 06:00 on Thursday 9 February 2017 to accommodate the State of the Nation Address.

Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 7 February and Wednesday 8 February 2017, when rehearsals for the event are held from 17:00 onwards.                      

The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands, and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.

Road users are also alerted to the closure of the M3 and N2 at 17:45 on Thursday. The M5 will be best option as an alternative route.                                               

A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here:

http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre%20Assets/SONA%20Road%20Closures-Feb2017.pdf                       

Residents are urged to please familiarise themselves with the road closure schedule and parking restrictions so as to avoid being inconvenienced. While the extended area and timing of the road closures is not ideal, the City must comply with the requirements of the National Government and the SAPS.

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