Gov says that Ramaphosa's inauguration will cost less than R150m

Gov says that Ramaphosa's inauguration will cost less than R150m

- Government says it will spend no more than R150 million on Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration

- This down from the R240 million spent on Jacob Zuma's inauguration in 2014

- However, some have still criticised the inauguration expenditure as being too high

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The South African government has said that it will spend less than R150 million on Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration, in contrast to the R240 million spent on the inauguration of former president Jacob Zuma.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made the announcement on Thursday.

Ramaphosa is slated to be sworn in on May 25.

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Dlamini-Zuma said that the inauguration's theme will be "Together celebrating democracy: Renewal and growth for a better South Africa." 

The guest list will include all leaders of the Southern African Development Community who have been invited, according to IOL. 

She said that it will also include United Nations leaders, diplomats, notable South Africans and more. However, the guest list will smaller than previous years as a way to reduce costs.

Dlamini-Zuma went on to say that the inauguration budget had been slashed by R100 million since 2014 in light of the economic difficulties facing the country. Additionally, as a way of ostensibly saving money, the event will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium rather than the Union Buildings ampitheatre, according to News24.

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However, there have still been complaints about the cost of the inauguration. The DA had previously slammed inauguration budget for being too big, has gathered.

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