Mokonyane's office to respond to report

By Drum Digital
30 January 2013

The office of Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane will respond later on Wednesday to a report that it spent nearly R700,000 on a breakfast briefing hosted by The New Age last year.

"We are generating a media statement that will put the matter into perspective," her spokesman Thebe Mohatle said.

The Star reported on Wednesday that a purchase order revealed that Mokonyane's office paid R683,095 for the briefing on October 4, 2012.

The premier's office was also invoiced for 500 guests at R801 a head, totalling R400,890, and four front-page advertisements at R44,070 each, amounting to R176,280.

The New Age's spokesman, Gary Naidoo, said on Tuesday the company was "quite surprised" by enquiries about Mokonyane's briefing, and said the company had explained the model several times.

"The business briefing sponsorship covers the pre- and post-event marketing, catering, venue hire, audiovisual cost and event management," he said.

"In this specific case, the Gauteng premier's office bought seats to invite the province's stakeholders to attend this important briefing. In addition, advertising was included as part of the deal."

-by Sapa

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