City budgets cut to pay for Madiba events

Rochelle de Kock and Thulani Gqirana

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality slashed R6-million from the budgets of several key service delivery projects to pay for events and paraphernalia during the 10-day mourning period for former statesman Nelson Mandela.

Cuts included some in the waste collection and job creation budgets. In one case, the health budget for transport, including refuse collection, was cut by R575030 – just less than the R600000 spent on T-shirts.

A report on how the money was spent reveals how the city forked out more than R200000 for loudhailers, R750000 to repair CCTV cameras, R300000 for signage and advertising, as well as the R600000 for T-shirts.

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2 thoughts on “City budgets cut to pay for Madiba events

  • February 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Why should I as a retired pensioner with limited funds pay my rates? Of course it was right to mourn the passing of South Africa’s greatest ever leader but why R600000 spent on tee shirts.A lot of this spending was unnecessary!I have read a lot about Nelson Mandela and I think he would be the first to decry this terrible waste whilst his people are suffering.If they had spent the money on feeding and clothing school kids or building proper schools where there are only mud buildings I would n’t have minded.The true spirit of Madiba is more commonly found today in the Democratic Alliance than the modern A.N.C. .

  • February 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    what a waste. Mr. Mandela is turning in his grave at the waste. i hate to think just how much the Mandela 10 days and funeral actually cost us as south africans. there is no way that mr.mandela would have wanted all the pomp and ceromony and wsste of money that took place. already people are up in arms about lack of services and what do the ANC do in P.E. they take the costs of the “mourning period” from those very areas,then they wonder why people protest. Dallas


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