The address is a chance for the president to face the nation. Here are five things the nation is hoping for.
The president is under pressure to buoy investor confidence with his State of the Nation Address amid a credit-rating downgrade and ongoing strike.
Pravin Gordhan will be faced with the tough choice of raising SA's debt levels or pushing tax hikes when he delivers his 2013 budget later this week.
President Jacob Zuma is looking East for inspiration, as the ANC pushes for resource nationalism rather than a crude form of nationalisation.