The state is set to spend close to R424m in the 2020/2021 financial year to refurbish and upgrade its properties including the Union Buildings, which houses the office of the president, despite criticism from the DA.

The official opposition party argues that in hard times such as these, when government finances are under huge strain as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, such prestige projects could be shelved.  Economists have predicted that SA's budget deficit for 2020 could be double the 6.8% tabled in the February budget...

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