Guards of Honour
As democracy dawned in 1994, Parliament’s doors opened to all South African people, and ordinary people became part of Parliament. The occasion of the State of the Nation Address has also undergone change, to become a celebration of our nation with public participation adding to the State’s ceremonial activities.
All public participation activities will be accompanied by targeted public education initiatives as part of investing in our Democracy by sharing knowledge of what Parliament does and creating a memorable Parliamentary experience for guests.
Ten eminent persons will form part of the line-up. Nine eminent persons will be nominated by Provincial Speakers and one National one may be nominated by the Presiding Officers of Parliament. The eminent persons for the 10 February 2011 State of the Nation Address will be drawn from amongst those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our freedom and democracy.
Civil Guard of Honour
The Civil Guard of Honour (CGoH) will be made up of 100 people representing organized civil society. They will be drawn from the various Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) that are involved in enhancing democracy and socio-economic and political development of communities. Civil Guard of Honour will reflect diversity and be broadly representative of civil society.
The Civil Guard of Honour will be located at the end of the civilian proceedings, that is, from the African Unity Building (Old British High Commission Building) until Plein Street at the corner of Lily and Parliament Streets. They will form two lines of 50 each along both sides of the red carpet. Fifty members of the Civil Guard of Honour will bear South African storm flags.
Junior Guard of Honour
Approximately 176 senior learners from high schools will be recruited from the Western Cape and 24 other learners will be from schools from eight provinces. These learners will reflect the diversity within our society.
The Junior Guard of Honour will form two rows alongside the red carpet starting from the intersection of Bureau and Parliament Streets until the end of Marks Building at the corner of Lily and Parliament streets. Learners will line up inside the gate in Parliament Street.
Mobilising Public outside of Parliamentary Precincts
The City of Cape Town will mobilise and organise the public in the streets outside the Parliamentary precincts.