Will moving Parliament to Pretoria really save costs?

To eliminate wasteful expenditure, President Jacob Zuma at his State of the Nation Address (Sona) last night, revived the idea of moving Parliament from Cape Town to Pretoria.

Before last night’s Sona, the idea of moving Parliament to Pretoria, as a means to cut government costs, was mentioned by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in 2013.

Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille says they will fight very hard to have the administrative capital in Cape Town if the President was serious about moving it to Pretoria.

Let’s do the cost benefit analysis and see what the costs would be

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

Listen to the full conversation below:

The multi-billion rand cost would be of building a whole new parliamentary precinct including a parliamentary village…

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

We have ridiculously large cabinet probably one of the biggest in the world and we can just halve the cabinet

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

There is extraordinary number of ways in which they can actually cut costs without destroying tradition…

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape
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