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SONA 2019: Road closures

To accommodate the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the opening of Parliament on Thursday, 7 February 2019, several roads will be closed in and around the Cape Town CBD. There will also be a rehearsal on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, beginning at approximately 6pm.
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Road closures for rehearsal (6 February)

5pm – 11:59pm

  • Harrington Street: between Constitution and Roeland streets
  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant streets
  • Plein Street: between Roeland and Longmarket streets
  • Adderley Street: from Strand to Wale streets
  • Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament streets
  • Spin/Mostert Street: between Corporation and Parliament streets
  • Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament Street to Longmarket Street
  • Lower Buitenkant Street: between Strand and Darling streets
  • Darling Street: between Canterbury and Buitenkant streets


State Of the Nation Address - 7 February 2019


President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his second State of the Nation Address on Thursday, 7 February 2019, and these are the road closures around Cape Town CBD.

6am to 11:45pm

  • Church Square
  • Roeland Street: between Plein and Buitenkant streets
  • The Company's Garden
  • Government Avenue, from Orange Street to Wale Street
  • Plein Street from Longmarket Street to Roeland Street
  • St John's Street from Roeland Street to Vrede Street
  • Gallery Lane
  • Bouquet Street
  • Hope Street: between Roeland and Glynn streets
  • Wesley Street: between Buitenkant and Hope streets
  • Glynn Street: between Buitenkant and Hope streets
  • Wale Street: between Queen Victoria and Adderley streets
  • Bureau Street: between Adderley and Parliament streets
  • Spin and Mostert streets: between Corporation and Parliament streets
  • Parliament Street from the gates of Parliament to Longmarket Street
  • Commercial Street: between Plein and Buitenkant streets - becomes bi-directional
  • Wesley and Glynn Streets: between Hope and Buitenkant streets - becomes bi-directional

6pm to 7pm

  • Roeland Street: between Buitenkant and Brandweer streets


5:45pm to 7pm (Temporary Closure approximately 35 minutes)

  • 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 the city centre
  • 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)
  • The N2, Settlers Way city-bound carriageway: from Main Road (M4) to the city centre

5pm to 8pm

  • Buitenkant Street: between Darling and Strand streets
  • Darling Street: between Buitenkant and Canterbury streets
  • Harrington Street: between Darling and Roeland streets


Roads contained in the parking restrictions below will be closed as required.

Parking restrictions


Parking restrictions in the following areas from midnight on Wednesday, 6 February until Thursday, 7 February at 11:45pm.
  • Klipper Road: between Main Road and the M3
  • M3: between Princess Anne Avenue 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 Longmarket streets
  • 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 and Strand streets
  • St Mary's Cathedral parking area: between Bouquet and Roeland streets, including Gallery Lane and 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 Street and St. George's Mall
  • Wale Street up to Queen Victoria Street
  • Hope Street: from Roeland to Wesley streets
  • Harrington Street: between Roeland and Darling streets
  • Parade Street: between Darling and Barrack streets
  • Darling Street: between Parade and Canterbury streets
  • Glynn and Wesley Streets: between Hope and Buitenkant streets
  • Buitenkant Street: between Darling and Wesley streets
  • Avenue Street and Paddock Street
  • Church Street from St. George's Mall to Adderley Street
  • Longmarket Street from St. George's Mall to Adderley Street

Alternative Routes:


Road users are advised to use the following alternative routes to the City Bowl during the event:
  1. From the N2 (Settler’s Way): use the N1, FW de Klerk Boulevard via M5 (Black River Parkway), or M7 (Jakes Gerwel Drive).

  2. From the M3 (Union Avenue): use the M5 (Black River Parkway) and N1 (FW de Klerk Boulevard) or M4 (Main Road), onto Victoria Road, right onto Christiaan Barnard Road to circle the outer CBD.

    *Note: Tennant and De Villiers streets are closed; no access to Roeland Street; Annandale/Orange Street. Use lower CBD and circle around. Unless it’s for local access into the residential areas, right onto Christiaan Barnard Road to circle the outer CBD.

  3. Outer CBD Circle Road: Use the following ring route to/from the area of the CBD affecting you:
    • Christiaan Barnard Road
    • FW De Klerk Boulevard
    • Buitengracht Street
    • Buitensingel Street
    • Orange Street
    • Jutland Avenue
    • Tennant Street (Controlled closure, local access only)

For a detailed breakdown, go to www.capetown.gov.za.
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