Tough times means Presidency has no money for overflow Sona guests

2016-02-02 21:15
Dan Calderwood, News24

Dan Calderwood, News24

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Cape Town – The Presidency will not be able to invite overflow guests to this year's State of the Nation Address (Sona) due to the depressed economic climate, it said in a statement.

The Presidency said in a statement that they did not have sufficient tickets to meet the demands of everyone of who wished to attend.

President Jacob Zuma will be giving his address during a joint sitting of Parliament on Thursday, February 11.

The Presidency said it was inundated by requests for tickets every year in the run-up to the speech.

The Presidency was only given 40 tickets by Parliament, of which 20 were used by Zuma and 20 by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

"The Presidency has, in previous years, organised an overflow viewing area at the president's Cape Town office, Tuynhuys, for stakeholders which included invitations to the Sona banquet which is hosted by Parliament," the statement said.

"The Presidency will regrettably not be able to invite overflow guests this year due to the depressed economic climate."

Earlier on Tuesday, the presidency said Sona would focus strongly on the dire state of the economy.

The national response to slow economic growth and the highly-constrained fiscal environment would be among the topics of discussion.

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