Satin, silk and shanks - Gauteng's SOPA menu fit for a king

2016-02-22 11:30
The set-up for Gauteng's State of the Province address. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

The set-up for Gauteng's State of the Province address. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Johannesburg – Panko prawns, lamb shank and a decadent duo of chocolate mousse will be served as part of the lavish menu for the Gauteng state of the province address on Monday.

The venue alone left nothing to be desired as guests are seated at a luxuriously decorated marquee. The tables, that seat 20 people each, were lavishly decorated with satin and silk table cloths and green and white fresh flowers.

Over a thousand guests are expected to form part of the guest list, an employee at the Gauteng legislature told News24.

A feast fit for a king, the starters are a choice of zesty tian smoked chicken layered with creamy avocado, fresh tomato and a cranberry dressing. Vegetarians are treated to a tartlet with red pepper marmalade.

Moving ahead to the main course, guests will be treated to a lamb shank served with butter mashed potatoes or a roast chicken breast stuffed with goat’s cheese.

The trio desserts include chocolate mousse and a deconstructed lemon meringue.

This is in stark contrast to the call by President Jacob Zuma during his state of the nation address to cut government expenditure. Other cost cutting measures proposed that Zuma announced included curtailing overseas trips. He said that those requesting permission to go overseas would have to motivate strongly and prove the benefit to the country.

Zuma said restrictions on conferences, catering, entertainment and social functions would also be instituted and the budget vote dinners for stakeholders – hosted by government departments in Parliament after the delivery of budget speeches – would no longer take place.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura and provincial speaker Ntombi Lentheng Mekgwe walk the red carpet in Johannesburg. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

The menu. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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