What will it cost to make Pretoria the only capital city in South Africa?

The initial cost of moving parliament to Pretoria will be high, but it would save South Africa money in the long run.


As if the rivalry between the Stormers and Bulls wasn’t enough, there’s a new tussle in town. During his Sate of the Nation address on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma suggested that the idea of South Africa having two capitals could soon become a thing of the past.

But, here’s the thing, the suggestion of merging capitals is nothing new. City Press reports that the thought has been around for over 20 years.

The first suggestion of  moving Parliament to Pretoria came in 1990, but it was met with strong opposition from the ANC in the Western Cape.

Back then, it would have cost R237 million to move Parliament to Pretoria. The cost to move the country’s administration to Cape Town would have cost R23.5 billion.

According to the City Press, the cost to move parliament now would amount to R7 billion. However, in the long run, this could save the country between R500 million and R750 million a year in the future.

The move would mean 1400 parliamentary staff and their families will have to be moved while analysts also suggest that it would have a negative impact on Cape Town’s economy.