Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal government has saved more than R2.5 million by holding the opening of the provincial parliament at the provincial parliament buildings instead of hiring a privately-owned venue for the event, said provincial Speaker Nontembeko Boyce.
For years it had been a tradition to use the privately-owned Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg for the annual event which is addressed by King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Talking to Independent Media shortly before the king delivered his address on Thursday morning, Boyce said the parliament aimed to use the money it for the benefit of the province's people.
“We are only having 120 guests because of the size of the venue. And remember that we [previously] had thousands of guests; including the public.
“So we have cut down on transport, meals and the [cost of the] venue,” said Boyce.