THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has splurged hundreds of thousands of rands on T-shirts and marketing material which were meant to promote its IPTS bus system at a gospel and wrestling show which did not happen.
The municipality is now planning to stage the wrestling and gospel shows at this year’s Splash festival events, where it will hand out the 7500 T-shirts and flyers which, according to invoices, cost taxpayers R830654, municipal spokesman Roland Williams said.
Asked what the gospel and wrestling events had to do with the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS), Williams said: “The T-shirts and related materials are intended to be used at the 2015 Splash Festival. It must be remembered that the 2014 festival events which were intended as part of the marketing campaign were rained out.”
Asked why separate events had to be held when the city could market the IPTS at the Splash Festival, Williams said: “The events referred to are part of the strategic plan.
“Such platforms were identified as key events where there is a captive audience as well as the key target audiences for the marketing of the Libhongolethu service.”
Meanwhile, not a single IPTS bus has been on the road since last January and it is unclear when the full system will take off as it is hamstrung by budget constraints and lengthy negotiations with the taxi industry.
– Rochelle de Kockde
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