By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- Parliament of South Africa has announced to the public, the final list of media representative accredited to cover the first State of the Nation Address of the 6th Parliament of South Africa in 20th June 2019 from 19:00.
First in history, over 900 accreditation applications were completed fully online. In this regard, the Parliament has approved over 880 journalist, broadcasters and media technicians for the coverage of this premier event on the corporate calendar of Parliament. The audit of the applicants removed from the list were those found not to be legitimate media workers, while few failed as a result of submitting authentic details.
According to the Parliament, the accredited media should collect their access tags as early as possible from the accreditation center located at the Government Garage- 49 Hope Street, Cape Town as strictly prescribed hereunder, as no extension will be granted. Wednesday 19th June 08:00 until 22:00
On Thursday, 20th June 2019- 08:00 until 16:00
Media and broadcasters who need to be on air by 6 Am on the 20th June- the day of the State Of the Nation Address, must collect their accreditation tags not later than 22:00 on the 19th June 2019. Those who fail to do so will have no access to the Parliamentary Precinct prior to the collection of their tags at 08:00 on 20th June when the accreditation center shall open.
No accreditation cards will be issued at Parliament at any time, hence the appeal to other Media and real participant to honor the deadlines outlined above.
Other critical time lines should take note and honors include:
Laying of broadcast cable should be undertaken between 14:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday,19 June 2019, after which no such operations will be allowed ( no one will be allowed to set up on 20 June 2019).
Attend a Compulsory Pre-SONA briefing to be addressed by Parliament, the Presidency GCIS Scheduled for 13:00- 14:00 on the 20th of June 2019 at the Imbizo Center – 100 Plein Street, Cape Town.
A representative group of accredited Media will be allocated sixty six seats in the Media Bay through a process handled in collaboration with the Parliament Press Gallery Association (PGA)
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent
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