Baleka Mbete, National Assembly Speaker, revealed a surprising move from Parliament. Speaking yesterday, ahead of the State of the Nation Address, Mbete confirmed that Parliament has cut back on costs for the event.
National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, has confirmed that economic conditions have inspired a modest State of the Nation Address.
The glitzy gala dinners and canapes for guests is a thing of the past Mbete conveyed yesterday.
Addressing attendants at Parliament's state of readiness Mbete said that economic conditions have motivated government to cut back on expenses.
The Speaker revealed that Parliament has managed to cut the budget for next week's SONA by 47% in comparison to 2018's address.
Last year the budget had been set at R4.7 million however, the actual costs have been cut down to R1.9 million.
Thandi Modise, National Council of Provinces chair, has said that Parliament has been determined to lower the budget for the event:
"We have also cut down on the cocktail eateries we provide while people wait for Sona to start."
Baby Tyawa, acting secretary of Parliament, said that unnecessary items were omitted this time around:
"I think the biggest thing we've cut down on is the branding of poles. Remember we used to brand the airport, Strand Street, Adderley Street... and if you cut down on those flags, you cut out close to a million rand."
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