Bid to absorb PMB Tourism

2010-12-14 00:00

THE days of independence at PMB Tourism may soon be numbered.

This comes in the wake of a request made at last week’s sitting of the executive committee, asking that PMB Tourism be absorbed into the Msunduzi Municipality.

Brian Zuma, Msunduzi’s acting manager for public relations and marketing, said the municipality has been funding PMB Tourism to the tune of R800 000 a year.

He said PMB Tourism “make over R1 million from their functions” and because they more or less function similarly to his department, they need to be merged.

DA caucus whip Rodger Ashe was completely against the idea, saying PMB Tourism would not be as effective as it has been if it is absorbed into the municipality.

“It will cost us an extra R600 000 to absorb it and it will not have the same effect,” he said.

Intervention team member Ben Dorfling said the problem with leaving either of the bodies as is, would mean giving grants to the other in turn.

“To have two entities going forward is a problem,” he said.

Dorfling said they have come across another Edendale-based entity that is doing similar work and they may also be absorbed.

He said it is “the best route” under the circumstances and they will have to come up with some sort of arrangement to deal with this matter because it is costing the municipality a lot of money.

Zuma agreed, saying the merger would not result in any job losses.

On the contrary, Zuma said three positions have already been taken care of and slotted into his department’s structure; namely positions for PMB Tourism’s director, event co-ordinator and marketing co-ordinator.

It is not clear what roles they would hold in the municipality, but Zuma said they could place an additional three tourism officers into his structure from the entity.

Ashe said if the municipality is filling in vacant positions and adding more on top of that then they were actually not saving any money.

He got so riled up that Msunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr asked him to calm down.

DA caucus leader Bill Lambert said: “As far as I’m concerned PMB Tourism should remain independent. If we’ve got two entities we must initiate an amalgamation and have them under one umbrella.”

PMB Tourism director Melanie Veness said she preferred to withhold her comment as she had yet to discuss the matter with the PMB Tourism’s executive members.

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