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SONA costs less than previous year

The 2014 State of the Nation Address is expected to be R2 million less than the year before.

FILE: Rolling out the red carpet for the State of the Nation Address on 14 February 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Addres s (SONA) will cost R2 million less than the last year, Parliament's acting secretary Baby Tyawa said on Tuesday.

The address will take place at 7pm on Thursday.

At least R5,7 million has already been spent on preparations for the event, which will take place at the National Assembly in Cape Town.

It will be a full ceremonial occasion, followed by a banquet at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) for invited guests.

Tyawa say the banquet was previously held inside a marquee, which proved to be more costly.

"In terms of our books, we will be spending about R2 million less this year. In addition to that, I think the speaker did talk about the convenience of the CTICC."

Since this is an election year, there will be another SONA after South Africans go to the polls on 7 May.