No praise singer nor guard of honour as millions cut from Sona budget

He said that following consultations with Ramaphosa, they've opted not to have a praise singer, which has been key ingredient of the address since the 1990.

"The imbongi, who usually ushers the president into the chamber ahead of the address and is selected in concurrence with the presidency, has also been withdrawn following discussion with the president. "The ceremony will project the constitutional makeup of our state, the three arms of the state, with a procession consisting of the judiciary, the legislature and the executive," said Tsenoli.

Modise said they had set aside a budget of R2m and she was hoping that it would not be exhausted due to their scaling down.

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