Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip has banned the purchase of luxury vehicles, saying money that might have been spent on costly luxury motorcars would now be spent on improving service delivery.
“After this new government took office, there was a proposal to procure an Audi Q5 for the deputy executive mayor, as the existing vehicle is no longer serviceable. After considering the acquisition of this vehicle, I decided to amend the order to a more affordable vehicle, a VW Tiguan,” Trollip said in a statement earlier.
“It is not only produced locally, but comes at almost half the price.” he said.
Trollip said this was to keep in line with the municipality’s efforts to save R100-million in 100 days.
“The mayoral vehicle remains fully sponsored by VW South Africa. The speaker’s municipal vehicle is currently a second-hand Toyota Fortuner. All members of my mayoral committee and other councillors use their personal vehicles,” Trollip said.