The 2019 State of the Nation Address (Sona) which is expected to be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament this evening (Thursday) from 19:00 would cost government about R1,9 million compared to the R4,7 million spent on the same occasion last year.
Information obtained from the Parliament of South Africa’s website highlighted that while citizens continue to face economic challenges Parliament is taking every feasible step to do use fewer resources and yet do progressively more. Parliament cut the budget for the Sona ceremony by 47% in comparison to the 2018 address budget, it was learnt. The statement further informed that for this year’s Sona, they have budgeted R2,5 million and they were confident that with the further spending control measures put in place, the actual expenditure will be significantly lower.
Ramaphosa would deliver the Sona for the second time as President during a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament being the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces under the theme: “Following up on our commitments: Making Your Future Work Better”. He is anticipated to present a plan to address South Africa’s needs for the year ahead.
The address will be broadcasted live on various television channels and radio stations.
Story: ENDY SENYATSI