Pandor taken to task for R1 million spent on potted plants

2014-07-02 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Watering the plants in the Department of Science and Technology building in Pretoria has cost the taxpayer more than R1 million over the past five years.

In the past three months the potted plants swallowed R90 000 and their care will cost an estimated R380 000 in the next year. These amounts were listed by minister of Science and Technology in response to a parliamentary question posed by the DA.

The pot plants are displayed in the department’s buildings at the HSRC.

Pandor said in her answer all the staff benefited from the plants.

In another parliamentary answer Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters said her department had only a few plastic plants on display in the ministerial office. The only care they require is for the cleaning staff to wipe dust off the leaves.

The DA’s shadow minister for science and technology Annelie Lotriet said the cost of the plants in the HSRC office complex showed the department’s wrong priorities. She said the Department of Tourism, which has offices across South Africa, spent less than R20 000 on plants. Lotriet said the R1 million which Science and Technology had spent on plants in less than five years could not be justified.

Lotriet said she will ask the parliamentary committee on Science and Technology to call on Pandor to explain this spending.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.