Presidential inauguration: 'Celebrating the new dawn gives us all hope'

South Africans are streaming into Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Tshwane ahead of Saturday morning's inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as president. It's being held under the theme “Together celebrating democracy: Renewal and growth for a better South Africa”

More than 32 000 people are expected, with buses transporting them from all nine provinces.

The over 4 000 dignitaries and invited guests include 40 heads of state.

Africa Melane speak to deputy director general at the Department of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Tasneem Carrim about the day's proceedings.

She says the official ceremony will begin at around 11 o'clock, led by the defence force.

That includes the navy, the air force and the army.

Tasneem Carrim, Deputy director general - GCIS

He's president of the state, so parliament is also here in its full force as well as the judiciary, so all three arms of the state are here in full force and have representation and have a role as well.

Tasneem Carrim, Deputy director general - GCIS

As soon as Cyril Ramaphosa has taken his oath of office under chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng he will deliver his inaugural speech.

Africa asks Carrim about the decision to depart from tradition by holding the ceremony at Loftus Versfeld Stadium and not at the Union Buildings.

She says this will save the government in the region of R100 million.

The Union Buildings don't have the kind of infrastructure to accommodate all the people that would be wanting to attend the inauguration. That infrastructure costs a lot.

Tasneem Carrim, Deputy director general - GCIS

In the stadium you already have an infrastructure where it has its gates, it has its seats, it has its sound system... it has the facilities which make it easy to erect a stage.

Tasneem Carrim, Deputy director general - GCIS

Carrim says although the government is mindful of the need to implement austerity measures, it is important for the nation to celebrate a new dawn.

Celebrating the new dawn and the election of a new president does inspire us all, gives us hope.

Tasneem Carrim, Deputy director general - GCIS

Carrim says it's unlikely the president will announce his new cabinet after the inauguration,

It's the president's prerogative - only the president knows whether he will be announcing his cabinet.

Tasneem Carrim, Deputy director general - GCIS

To listen to the interview, click on the link below:

A list and addresses of the viewing sites across the nine provinces is available on https://bit.ly/2VWZhFR.

Members of the public can interact on social media via Twitter at @GovernmentZA and @SAGovNews and on Facebook at GovernmentZA. The official presidential inauguration hashtag is #SAInauguration19.


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