Fake PMB calendar a ‘sick joke’

2007-12-05 00:00

The eye-popping calendar was rather enticing to some of the male staff at the municipality, but for others it was a tasteless attempt at a sick joke.

Msunduzi marketing manager Brian Zuma said: “This is not our calendar. Our calendar has pictures around the theme of community development.

“Whoever printed this calendar is trying to spoil the name of the municipality in the form of a joke. Pity they had to spend so much money on printing and distribution to harm the municipality.”

He immediately contacted the company that printed the calendar for help in tracking down the perpetrator.

Democratic Alliance councillor Mark Steele said he could not figure out what the calendar-maker was trying to achieve.

“This is a tasteless and malicious smear campaign aimed at bringing the municipality’s name into disrepute and I hope that council will get to the bottom of this,” he said.

City manager Rob Haswell said the municipality will not be deterred from cleaning up the image and substance of the municipality. He called an emergency meeting with senior council staff to get to the bottom of the matter.

The calendar featuring the provocative model was delivered to the municipality’s stores, giving an indication that it could have been done by an employee at the municipality.

“We are investigating who ordered and paid for this calendar and saw fit to put the municipality’s name on it. If it was meant to be a joke, it is a sick joke and we will deal severely with the author of this distasteful and defamatory calendar,” Haswell said.

Tilly Mitchell of Swan Publishing, the company that designed and printed the calendar, said the matter is being dealt with by management, but she was not authorised to give a comment. The Witness was promised a reply today.

The municipality’s official calendar was designed by Media com and printed by Intrepid Printers.

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