- Mar 26, 2010
Trimmed down SONA 2020 set to cost taxpayers R4.7 million
More at : https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/trimmed-down-sona-2020-set-to-cost-taxpayers-r47-million-42204035Parliament - The opening of Parliament next week will, together with the event held last year after the May national elections, cost the South African taxpayers R7.3 million, speaker Thandi Modise said on Thursday.
Modise told a briefing of the parliamentary press corps that pomp and ceremony accompanying president Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address next week had been reduced in order to contain costs.
She said there would be no junior or civil guard of honour and the advertising and branding budget for the event had been scaled back.
However, Ramaphosa's procession will still be lead by a full military parade, and the traditional 21-gun salute and military fly-over have also been retained as part of the programme.