Gauteng News

SOPA 2018 brings Johannesburg CBD to a standstill

Rofhiwa Marubini-Tshitahe

It’s a sunny, Monday morning and traffic around the Gauteng legislature has come to standstill as lawmakers and the public make way to legislature where Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to deliver his 5th State of the Province Address today.

Members of the Legislature are dressed to the nines at this year’s SoPA.

The day kicked off with a fascinating red-carpet showcase of fashion and musical renditions, followed by a parade by the South African Police Services brass band.

Much to the delight of bystanders and guests at the event, there was a cultural performance of music and dance.

Just a stone throw away from the festivities was 31-year-old street vendor, Tshepo Madingoane, from Soweto.

Modingoane couldn’t contain his excitement as he marveled at the day’s events.

“I have been selling fruits here next to the legislature since 2015. Today the place has turned into something different. The place is colorful and lively,” said Madingoane.

He said this year’s SoPA has not only brought life to the city but financial gains.

Madingoane said the apples and bananas are almost sold-out for the day.

“Daily I sell one box of bananas and apples, but as I am speaking now my stock is running out, I think today I will double my profit.”