The Northern Cape's State of the Province Address aims to come in at 'substantially less' than its R1.78 million budget. The event promises to be more subdued, snipping any unnecessary frills out of the occasion.
Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul has been applauded prioritising government expenditure in his province, and it seems as if his State of the Province Address will be no exception.
Carmen Gopane, spokesperson for the Provincial Legislature, says that every effort has been made to keep costs to a minimum.
The traditional three-course meal has been done away with, with a single course served in a 'cinema-style' setting instead. VIPs will be served the same as non-VIPs and printed invitations have been turfed in favour of electronic notices.
Only 3 000 guests have been invited to the event, with the focus shifting to transmitting the event to citizens sitting at home instead, according to Gopane:
“The reality is that only a limited number of 3 000 people is targeted to attend the event but because Sopa should be made accessible to all citizens, noting the vast geographical spread of the province, a lot of focus will be placed on getting the message transmitted to various audiences utilising different communication platforms.”
Gopane pointed out that the event may be a little more 'subdued' than previous affairs, with cost-cutting measures coming into play, reports DFA.
This year, the address will fall on the anniversary of democracy in South Africa, Gopane says:
“The Northern Cape Provincial Legislature will also celebrate the Silver Jubilee anniversary of South Africa’s freedom and democracy, which is underpinned under the theme ‘Building a People-centered, Modern and Activist Legislature’.”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Saul had been applauded for opting to purchase ambulances in place of luxury vehicles for politicians in the region.
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