To accommodate the State of the Nation Address and the Opening of Parliament at 19:00 on Thursday 11 February 2016, the National Government has requested that the City of Cape Town effect road closures in the city, mostly in the central business district (CBD). The route has been reworked this year in order to minimise the impact on commuters.
Some of these road closures in the CBD will also be in effect on the evenings of Tuesday 9 February and Wednesday 10 February 2016, when rehearsals for the event are held from 17:00 onwards.
The road closures will affect the normal flow of traffic in and around the city bowl, Newlands and the M3 and N2 city-bound lanes. As such, road users are asked to plan their routes accordingly.
A detailed breakdown of the closures/restrictions and deviations is available on the City’s website here.
Residents are advised that extensive parking restrictions will be in effect, and that the South African Police Service has requested that access to the Company’s Garden be restricted from 09:00 on the day of the event.
MyCiTi commuters should please note that due to the road closures, Routes 103 (Oranjezicht, Gardens) and 107 (Camps Bay) will be affected – the Darling, Lower Buitenkant, Roeland and Roodehek bus stops will be closed on 11 February 2016 from 18:00 until 19:00. The Groote Kerk bus stop will be closed from 16:00 until 20:00 and commuters are advised to please make use of other bus stops in the vicinity.
The closures will have the greatest effect on road users travelling from the east side of the city towards Vredehoek and Gardens, as well as those travelling into town along the N2, Nelson Mandela Boulevard, the M3 and De Waal Drive.
Those who make use of the Golden Acre bus terminus, however, will not be affected by any road closures.