Media release

Public update on 2014 Presidential Inauguration

23 May 2014

23 May 2014

Minister Collins Chabane
Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial committee on the 2014 presidential inauguration

Ladies and gentlemen of the media
Thank you for coming to this media briefing on the eve of the 2014 Presidential Inauguration which will take place in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, tomorrow, Saturday May 24.
As South Africans, we can all take pride in what we have witnessed over the past few days, as our electoral process moved from the ballot box in our voting districts, to Parliament where a multiparty National Assembly elected the President of the Republic.
Our Constitution demands that the President-Elect be sworn in within five days of being elected by the National Assembly.
The Inauguration of President-Elect Jacob Zuma is a culmination of the transition process, signalling the beginning of yet another important phase in the country’s development.
The Inter-Ministerial Committee is pleased with the state of readiness and we are confident that this will be a moment of pride for all South Africans and a memorable gathering for the many leaders from various continents who have confirmed their attendance.
We sincerely appreciate the interest shown by our international guests and extend a hearty welcome to all our guests on behalf of all South Africans.
South Africa is honoured that the Inauguration of President-Elect Jacob Zuma will indeed be an international occasion attended by Heads of States/or Government, Vice-Presidents/Deputy Heads of State, Prime Ministers, and Former Heads of State and/or Government witnessing the ceremony. The list is attached to the statement.
Fourteen Eminent Persons and 118 foreign ambassadors resident in South Africa will also be present.
South African royalty are among the special guests who will witness the Inauguration ceremony in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.

Order of Proceedings
We are pleased to announce that the Programme Directors for the day are Minister of Justice, Mr Jeff Radebe, and Ms Jessie Duarte, Deputy Secretary-General of the majority party in Parliament, the African National Congress.
We have previously indicated that 4 500 invited guests will be accommodated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings, while 20 000 people will be accommodated on the South Lawns of the Union Building between Church St and Government Avenue.
Invited guests, who will be transported from the Park and Ride facility along Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, will arrive at the Amphitheatre between 5am and 8am.
Heads of State/Government will arrive at the Union Buildings from 10.30am.
The Inauguration Ceremony commences at 11am, with inter-faith prayers and a recital of the Preamble to the Constitution of South Africa preceding the Swearing-In of the President by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
The President will take the Oath of Office before signing the swearing-in certificate.
This will be followed by a congratulatory item by imbongi Zolani Mkiva.
After this, the President will take the National Salute.
The newly inaugurated President will address the nation from the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.
After a rendition of the National Anthem and a civilian fly past by South African Airways, the President will depart for the Southern Lawns for a brief address to the audience at this venue.
The President will leave the Southern Lawns for a Presidential State Luncheon at Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House, to which Heads of State/Government and VVIPs and VIPs have been invited.
The programme for the day will be concluded just before 3pm.
Participation by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)
South Africa’s armed forces will once again play a central role in the ceremonial elements of the Presidential Inauguration. The South African National Defence Force will present arms to the Commander-In-Chief. The role includes the following highlights:
•    South African Air Force will assist with the management of Ports of Entry (ORTIA, Air Force Base Waterkloof and Lanseria.
•    The SANDF’s top six generals will form part of the Podium Group for the Inauguration Ceremony. The group consists of the Chief of the SANDF, the Chief: Joint Operations, Chief: Army, Chief: Air Force, Chief Navy and Surgeon-General.
•    The Chaplain-General will conduct the final prayer after the inter-faith prayers.
•    The National Ceremonial Guard will perform a Guard of Honour and National Salute for the Inauguration ceremony.
•    A motorcycle escort will escort the President-Elect to the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings.
•    The South African Air Force will execute a fly past during the National Salute.
•    At the end  of the ceremony, there will be an air display performed by the SA Air force together with an SAA Boeing.
•    The SANDF will perform 21-gun salute during the National Salute.
•    Aides de camp  will accompany the President-Elect to the podium.
•    The South African Navy Band will entertain guests at the Presidential Luncheon.
•    The South African Army band will entertain guests on their arrival at Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre from 5am.
•    The South African Military Health Service will provide medical support to the participants and invited guests to the Inauguration ceremony. The SANDF is providing 522 waitrons to serve invited guests at the Presidential Luncheon and the Dome.
•    Three sets of silent guards are deployed at the each port of entry to receive Heads of state and Eminent Persons.
Cultural Programme
The cultural programme will provide a platform for local artists to showcase their talent whilst entertaining those attending the inauguration. There will be a combination of music genres and other cultural and artistic performances that will have a cross-over appeal that reflects on our achievements of the past twenty years of our democracy.
The cultural programme will commence at 08:00. The morning programme will end at 11:00 when the formal ceremony commence at the Amphitheatre.  A 90-minute choreographed show will start at 12:30 until 14:00.  The afternoon cultural programme will last from 14:00 until 16:00 which will signal the end of the event.
Artists performing at the show are:
Mzansi Youth Choir, Bothlale Boikanyo, Zahara, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Matthew Mole, Selaelo Selota, The Soil, Rebecca Malope, Claire Johnston, Oskidon and Friends, Kurt Darren, Phuzekhemisi, Mafikizolo, Ihashi Elimhlophe, Chomee, Uhuru, DJ Vetkoek and Mahoota
Park and Ride and Road Closures
We wish to remind people that anyone wishing to be part of the Southern Lawns event is advised to make use of the public park-and-ride facility at the Tshwane Events Centre in the west of the city, from which buses will begin shuttling visitors from 6am.
Normal bus routes and public transport routes will be diverted as well on 24 May 2014.
Traffic control points will be set up at the following intersections:
•    Soutpansberg and Hamilton
•    Stanza Bopape and Hamilton
•    Stanza Bopape and Gordon
•    Soutpansberg and Gordon
Residents living in affected streets are asked to choose the shortest route or closest entry and exit points for access because Stanza Bopape Street and Government Avenue will be a traffic-free zone.
Residents are required to produce recent municipal bills as part of proof of identity.
The Inauguration lasts only a few hours and government kindly calls on residents in these areas to cooperate with authorities.
Prohibited goods
Members of the public attending the occasion are advised that the following items are forbidden at the event:
•    Alcohol or drugs
•    Firearms or weapons
•    Bottles or cans.
Restricted Air Space
In view of the security requirements for the Inauguration and the role of the South African Air Force in the Inauguration event, government calls on the aviation community to observe the following flight restrictions:
•    Temporary Restricted Military Air Space 1: one nautical mile around the Union Buildings from ground to 7 500 feet, from 6h00 until 18h00 on 24 May 2014;
•    Temporary Military Restricted Air Space 2: 25 nautical miles around the Union Buildings from ground to Flight Level 460, excluding the CTR (Control Zone) of Oliver Tambo and Lanseria from 09h00 until 18h00 on 24 May 2014.
All times indicated are local South African time. There will be close coordination between Air Traffic Navigation Services and the South African Air Force to ensure compliance as well as to minimise the impact on civil aviation activities.

However, during the times indicated, all air fields in the restricted air space in the above areas will be closed and no flights will be allowed to fly into or take off from these fields.
The South African Police Service will assist with this aspect at the various air fields.
These restrictions will be in place for a limited period and government will appreciate the cooperation of the aviation community.
These are purely precautionary measures to allow efficient management of any air space risks that may arise during a high-visibility event, and is aligned with international best practice.
This has been done to varying degrees at many past events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the State Funeral of Former President Nelson Mandela and various summits and international forums.
Media Logistics

Members of the media will be transported from Ritondale Park and Ride and buses will leave 04h00. Due to space limitations, a 100 members of the media will be accommodated at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre. A list of selected media is published on the website. A media centre has been established at the Southern Lawns which will provide sound and television feed to all media.
Buses will shuttle media to the both Union Building and Southern Lawns respectively.  No media vehicles will be allowed to drive to the Union Buildings precinct.

Government would like to encourage all South Africans to be part of this momentous occasion in our country. Those who cannot attend will be able to follow proceedings on television and radio, or at 47 public viewing areas in the provinces.
Government therefore calls on South Africans to take a few hours out of their time tomorrow to devote attention to this special occasion and especially to encourage children and young people to observe this event as part of building social cohesion and developing appreciation for what makes us special as a nation.
Together We Move South Africa Forward.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139



List of confirmed Heads of State/ Government






President of  Republic of Equatorial Guinea


HE Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo


President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic


HE Mr Mohamed Abdelaziz


President of the Republic of Botswana


HE Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama



President of the Republic of Cameroon


HE Mr Paul Biya



President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uganda


HE Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni



President  of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Spouse


His MajestyMswati III,

Ingwenyama of the Kingdom of  Swaziland


President of Burkina Faso


HE Mr Blaise Compaoré


President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Zimbabwe


HE Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe



President of   the Republic of Chad


HE Mr Idriss Débyltno



President of the Kingdom of Lesotho 

His Majesty KingLetsie III



African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson

HE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma


President of Republic of Congo


HE Denis Sassou N’Guesso


President of the Democratic Republic of Congo


HE  Mr Joseph Kabila Kabange



President of the Republic of Seychelles


HE Mr James Alix Michel



President of the Republic of Mozambique


HE Mr Armando Emilio Guebuza



President of the Republic of Togo


HE  Faure Gnassingbé



President of South Sudan

HE Salva Kiir Mayardit



President of the Republic of Burundi


HE Mr Pierre Nkunzinza



President of United Republic of Tanzania


HE  MrJakaya Mrisho Kikwete



President of the Republic of Benin

HE Dr Thomas Yayi Boni



President of the Federal Republic of  Nigeria


HEGoodluck Ebele Jonathan



President of the Republic of Guinea


HE  Mr Alpha Condé



President of  the Republic of Mauritius


HE  Mr Rajkeswur Purryag



President of Republic of Ghana


HE  Mr John Dramani Mahama



President of the Federal Republic of Somalia


HE  Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud



President  and Commander  in Chief of the Armed Forces of Republic of Kenya

HE Mr Uhuru Kenyatta



President of the Republic of  Mali


HE  MrIbrahim Boubacar Keïta



President of the Republic of Madagascar

HE Mr Hery Rajaonarimampianina





Vice President of the Republic of Liberia

HE Mr Joseph N Boakai



Vice President of the Federative Republic of Brazil

HE Mr Michel Temer


Deputy President of Republic of Zambia:

HE  Mr Guy Scott



Vice President of the Republic of Nicaragua

HE Mr Moises Omar Halleslevens Acevedo



Vice President of Republic of Angola

HE Mr Manuel D Vicente Vice President



First Vice President of Republic of Sudan

HE Bakri Hassan Salih



Vice President of the Republic of Cuba:  

HE Mr Salvador Valdes MESA



Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles

HE Mr Danny Faure




Vice President of the Republic of Gabon and Speaker of the National Assembly

HE  Mr Guy Nzouba-Ndama



Speaker of the Senate  of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria

HE Mr Abdwlkadar Bensalah






Prime Minister of Federal Republic of Ethiopia

HE Mr Hailemariam Dessaleign



Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia

HE Rt Hon Hage Geingo



Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger:

HE  Mr Brigi Rafini



Prime Minister of the Republic Rwanda:

HE Mr  Piere Damien Habumuremyi





Former First President of the Republic of Zambia


HE Dr. Kenneth Kaunda



Former President of the Republic of Botswana


HE Mr Festus Mogae


Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria


HE Mr Atiku Abubakar


Former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson of the OAU


Dr Salim Ahmed Salim


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