Exco turns down requests for funding

2014-09-12 00:00

SEVERAL requests for funding from community organisations were turned down by the Msunduzi Executive Committee (Exco) yesterday.

The committee said they had not granted the money because they had to be careful not to set a precedent that would be unsustainable.

Exco resolved that the manager in the mayor’s office must in future consider all requests for sponsorships in light of what benefits would accrue to the municipality should sponsorship be considered.

The municipal manager’s office was also asked to investigate a more effective way of addressing such requests in the future.

Long-standing Exco member councillor Bill Lambert said it was unusual to see Exco turning down so many applications for funding.

He recalled, “the dreadful era of the grants-in-aid”, when the former council generously dished out money to a host of organisations. There was no accounting for the funds and, “we were never sure whether the event actually took place”, he said.

He believed that the indiscriminate dishing out of funds was a contributory factor that led to the municipality being placed under administration.

Lambert added that the re-working of the policy should include a clause that the organisations would have to give council feedback on how the money was spent.

Councillor Eunice Majola said that if organisations are being considered for funding they must be asked to make a presentation to Exco.

“In this way, we will be able to know who they are and what they are talking about,” she said.

Some of the requests turned down included a school asking for R6 000 to fund its Nelson Mandela Day clean-up campaign; a women empowerment initiative wanting R30 000 for a function and a request for R570 000 for a gospel music festival.

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