Call for R45m market bailout

Rochelle de Kock, Cindy Preller and Tremaine van Aardt

FACED with an infrastructure meltdown at the Port Elizabeth Fresh Produce Market, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has asked the National Treasury for a R45-million bailout – even though no arrests have been made nor any staff fired since millions of rands in sales were squandered.

Months after the municipality undertook to clean up the rot at the market – on the verge of collapse last year – the situation appears unchanged.

This follows a scathing internal audit report last year which revealed that the market was at risk of being shut down due to “unhealthy and unhygienic conditions” and financial mismanagement.


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