Msunduzi splashes out in the spirit of 2010

2010-01-22 00:00

IN the spirit of 2010, the Msunduzi Municipality has decided to splash out on soccer T-shirts with the aim of supporting Fifa’s initiative for Football Fridays.

The 100 T-shirts, approved for purchase at a total cost of R28 000 and dished out to councillors and other senior officials and employees, are regarded as a way of generating support for the 2010 soccer World Cup, which kicks off in June.

There was a moment of shock when unconfirmed minutes from a special executive committee (Exco) agenda stated that 100 T-shirts would be bought at a cost of R280 000.

However, a closer inspection of the agenda-confirmed minutes revealed that an additional zero was added by mistake, and the cost would be only R28 000.

Sources in the municipality said people often accuse council of wasteful expenditure, but they need to realise that there are also unscrupulous business people out there who are out to milk council coffers.

The sources told The Witness that some businesses gave quotations of up to R800 per shirt, but they decided to go with the quotation that would set them back R280 per shirt.

Acting Mayor Mervyn Dirks said more needs to be done, both locally and nationwide, when it comes to creating a buzz about the forthcoming soccer World Cup.

Dirks said other countries, especially those in Europe, are doing a stellar job in creating awareness around the event, and the same needs to be done in Pietermaritzburg.

“We need to start at grassroots level. If you travel around the city, you see kids playing soccer with their bare feet … That’s where we need to start.

“From the bottom we must work our way upwards and create a buzz so people can support and buy Bafana Bafana match tickets,” Dirks said.

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