R3?mln for ANC table

2014-12-23 00:00

A R3 MILLION platinum price tag has been placed on President Jacob Zuma’s 10-seater table at the gala dinner to ­celebrate the party’s 103rd birthday next month.

This is according to Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile, who said table prices for the 1 000-seater dinner at the Cape Town International ­Convention on January 9 started as low as R150.

The gala dinner is among a number of events organised for the party’s ­annual birthday celebrations. They culminate in the mega-bash on January 10 at the Cape Town Stadium, which was hired for just over R2,2 million, according to the City of Cape Town.

The ANC has kicked into gear earlier than usual for its January 8 birthday celebrations in a bid to ensure the event is a success in the DA-controlled ­Western Cape.

“Everything is in place, and all services are being paid,” said Mjongile. “All we are doing now is the last touch-ups. There are no buts, even the doomsayers will be disappointed at the turnout.”

Although the event is still weeks away, already 100 000 leaflets have been printed and were being distributed, said ANC Western Cape spokesperson Cobus Grobler, who was also upbeat, anticipating an “overflow” of supporters at the stadium.

ANC NEC members were deployed across the region to spread the word in the countdown, he said, with ­Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana handing out pamphlets in Delft yesterday.

Confirming that the stadium hire fee was just over R2,2 million, councillor Garreth Bloor, mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, said payment had been received upfront.

The fee also includes other city services including a comprehensive transport plan.

“The city has handled this in the same manner as any event being held at the stadium,” he said.

“The fan walk will be in operation, together with a MyCiTi shuttle service and special parking for buses making their way to the CBD,” he said.

But Grobler complained that the cost was “exorbitant” for the estimated 52 000 people they expected to fill the stadium, which he described as a “white elephant”.

The ANC has arranged over 400 buses, more than 30 trains and over 1 000 taxis to the stadium.

Zuma is due to deliver the keynote address, which will outline the party’s programme of action for 2015.

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