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The cost of moving Parliament to Pretoria

In his state of the nation address on the 11th February, President Jacob Zuma stated that huge savings could be made if Parliament was moved as officials and cabinet ministers travel costs would be slashed as well as hotel costs for officials attending meetings in Parliament.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive secretary for the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution spoke to Kieno Kammies about this proposal by the President.

There is a significant capital cost to moving parliament. There will have to be a new and customised building somewhere else, which will come at significant cost. That is an immediate cost that a cost-benefit analysis will have to determine if it is affordable at this time, given all of the other economic constraints we face.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive secretary for the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution

It is generally accepted that it is a bloated Parliament and if one is serious about cutting costs in the short term, which would be an area to look at. Secondly, it’s also about looking at what one can save on existing operational costs.

Lawson Naidoo, Executive secretary for the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution

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