- The budget for this year's Eastern Cape SOPA has been greatly reduced
- The speaker for the provincial legislature says R700 000 has been set aside for the event
- This is a major decrease from the R5 million originally allocated
Helen Sauls-August, the speaker of the Eastern Cape provincial legislature, has said that the budget for the State of the Province Address has been reduced from R5 million to R700 000.
Sauls-August added that the number of guests would be almost halved from 1 200 to 650.
The speaker says she made the decision "within the national spirit of cost-cutting".
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According to Dispatch Live, the deputy-speaker also said that the legislature was seeking ways to reduce costs.
This comes after several government officials across the country have announced plans and pledges to cut expenditure. Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul, for example, has vowed to scrap blue light brigades and purchase new ambulances rather than new cars for government officials.
Additionally, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni also announced new regulations that will limit municipal spending.
This will cap spending on entertainment for government officials and will completely put an end to the use of taxpayers' funds to purchase alcohol for functions.
In addition, the new rules will require government employees to use public transport while travelling, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
These cost-cutting measures are long overdue as wasteful government expenditure has been high in recent years.
For instance, according to a report by the Auditor-General, the government wasted R296 billion between 2013 and 2018.
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