Government are cutting costs on Ramaphosas inauguration

Due to the state of the South African economy the government are planning to spend R100-million less on Cyril Ramaphosas’ presidential inauguration ceremony than it did on Jacob Zuma’s inauguration.

Minister in the presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma explained to media on Thursday that only Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state and representatives from different regional economic blocs have been invited.

The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who is the chairperson of the African Union has also been invited to the May 25 event as well as UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

Dlamini-Zuma told HeraldLIVE that former president Jacob Zuma’s second term inauguration cost more than R240-million.

The inauguration will be held at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria as it is more cost effective that the amphitheatre at the Union Buildings.

An estimated 5,000 guests from various sectors of society have been invited and according to Dlamini-Zuma 32,000 people will be bussed from Gauteng and neighbouring provinces to the stadium. They have allowed for 10,000 walk in people to join the ceremony.