South Africans can look forward to an exciting year as the country not only celebrates 20 Years of Freedom but also holds its fifth national elections.
As in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009, South Africans who are eligible to vote will have the opportunity to do so at polling stations across the country this year.
The date of the elections is expected to be announced soon.
After South Africans vote, the President elected by Parliament will be inaugurated and a new administration will be installed.
This month, President Jacob Zuma will deliver his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the current electoral term and will reflect on the achievements of this administration since 2009.
After the elections, another SONA will be delivered with the newly-elected President outlining the way forward for the next five years.