Premier puts NC on diet

Staff Writer | Jul 07, 2019
New Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul scrapped the usual luncheon after his State of the Province (SOPA) address on Friday, with guests being given pre-packaged food packs instead.

Saul reinforced his image as a cost-cutter by chopping just over R1 million from the SOPA budget.

He ordered officials to ditch the red carpet, along with interior decorations, and to trim catering back from the customary sit-down feast to lunch boxes for guests.

These measures cut the SOPA outlay to R1.5 million, down from more than R2.6 million in 2018.

New-broom Saul earned approving attention shortly after his appointment in May by announcing that blue-light convoys for political bigwigs were no more, and that there would be no lavish spending on new cars, with savings going towards buying ambulances instead.

Saul said at the time: ‘We can’t as elected leaders continue to indulge in luxury sedans and SUVs while our sickly people are struggling to access ambulances.

‘Our work as this sixth administration will be uncompromisingly people-centred and we are going to cut the extra fat to the bone.’

The ruling African National Congress’s share of the vote in the Northern Cape dropped to 58.2% in May this year from 63.3% in 2014, and a high of 68.7% in 2004.


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