Orphans benefit as only 23 staff turn up for R60 000 splash

A R60 000 staff information session organised along with a mountain of excellent food and a booze tab for the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency has evoked outrage.

Only 23 agency employees out of 150 turned up for the event. It was held on December 11 at a Gonubie venue in East London.

Food worth thousands of rands was left standing. There was so much that a place of safety for children was able to freeze it and feed their orphans for a few days.

It was also learnt that one of the organisers, who returned to attend a wedding at the venue a week later, allegedly tried to demand that staff behind the bar use the agency’s “tab”, which was rejected by the barman.

Agency spokeswoman Nobatembu Pako yesterday confirmed that it had paid the R150-a-head rate.

“I can confirm that only 23 people attended the event. It was management and some of our staff members.”

Asked why so few staff attended, Pako said: “It was not brought to our attention why people snubbed the event.”

It is believed that some staff members are unhappy about chief executive Thozi Ngwanya’s administration methods.

-Siphe Macanda and Asanda Nini

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