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Ramaphosa's inauguration to cost R100m less than Zuma's in 2014

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Ramaphosa's inauguration to cost R100m less than Zuma's in 2014

President Cyril Ramaphosa

16th May 2019

By: News24Wire

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President Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration is expected cost around R100-million less than when his predecessor Jacob Zuma was sworn in for his second term in 2014.

During a media briefing on the readiness for the presidential inauguration in Tshwane on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the budget cut had to do with the current economic climate in South Africa.

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"We all know that there is an economic difficulty in this country, and our budget we going to spend in this inauguration is more than a R100-million less," Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in the Union Buildings' media room.

While not revealing the exact allocated budget, Dlamini-Zuma said that they wouldn't be spending more than R120-illion, and that the 2014 inauguration of Zuma had cost around R240-million.

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In line with cutting costs, the venue for the inauguration has also changed from the Union Buildings Amphitheater to Loftus Versfeld Stadium, which is also in Tshwane.

Dlamini-Zuma added that the change of venue would also allow for a more inclusive programme, where everyone could witness the ceremony at the same time.

Cost-cutting

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the presidential inauguration also announced that only SADC heads of state, representatives from different regional economic blocs and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi - who is also the chairperson of the African Union - had been invited to the ceremony.

"We have limited the invitation to the heads of state in line with our cost-cutting measures," Dlamini-Zuma said.

News24 previously reported that the DA had slammed the R120-million budget for the sixth presidential inauguration.

A presentation by Parliament to the multi-party task team for the establishment of the Sixth Parliament, delivered in November last year, stated that the inauguration had a budget of R120-million.

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