PARLIAMENT -The State of the Nation Address (Sona) will cost almost R2-million, the lowest in five years.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver his third Sona on Thursday.
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This will be the second Sona this year, following elections and his swearing in as the republic's President.
According to Parliament, the Sona gala dinner will not take place.
It says the Sona budget has been slashed by 47-percent compared to the 2018 Sona.
“As South Africans continue to face economic challenges, Parliament is taking every feasible step to do more with fewer resources progressively. Parliament has cut the budget for the SONA ceremony by 47-percent in comparison to the 2018 Sona budget. From the budgeted R4.7-million in 2018, the actual expenditure came down to R1.9-million. For this Sona, we have budgeted R2.5-million, and we are confident that with the further spending control measures put in place, the actual expenditure will be significantly lower,” Parliament said in a statement.
The Sona will be attended by former presidents Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and former National Assembly Speakers Dr Frene Ginwala and Max Sisulu.