Businessman at odds with city

2016-10-27 06:00

An events organiser has accused the City of Cape Town of racism following the municipality’s failure to sponsor yet another of his events, according to him.

The city disputes these allegations, though.

The chairperson of CSUN Holdings, China Mpololo has released a statement lashing at the city.

CSUN is the company that organises the South African Afro Music Awards.

Mpololo is accusing the city officials of using delaying tactics in approving his application for sponsorship for an event planned before the end of November.

“We submitted the application as early as May this year. After a protracted process of correspondence and submission of documents and other requirements, we were shocked when we were informed that we had to wait for another meeting, which is schedulled for a week before the event,” said Mpololo.

He said this is because of racist attitudes from the city.

A scathing Mpololo added: “The City of Cape Town is hostile to Black people in general and the prosperity of their businesses in particular. It is determined to entrench racist attitudes even after two decades since the dawn of democracy in South Africa,”.

Mpololo said that they felt disrespected because the officials were ‘well aware’ of the event date.

“We feel and believe that we are not being treated with the respect that we deserve.

The fact that at no stage have they showed any interests in finding out how our preperations were going and the fact that they only communicated with us only when they have to respond to our email requests,” he lambasted.

He said that this was not the first time they were rejected by the City and they feel that they are being targeted as Black business owners.

“In 2014 we lost a substantial amount of money because of the decisions that were taken by the City.”

He said that there was an understanding that they may be assisted the next time they needed sponsorship.

However, New mayco member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Eddie Andrews refuted Mpololo’s racism allegations, saying he(Mpololo) needed to substantiate them.

“These claims and views are unfounded and we view them in a serious light. Should Mr Mpololo be able to back up these allegations, we would advise him to seek the necessary recourse instead of issuing such baseless statements to the media.

CSuns Holdings submitted a proposal and application for sponsorship in May 2016, to the tune of R2,5 million, all such requests are tabled at the Special Events Committee (SpevCo) meeting – a committee approved by Council in terms of Section 80 of the Municipal Structures Act.

The application for sponsorship was tabled at the SpevCo meeting in June 2016 and Mr Mpololo was advised in July 2016 that the committee recommended that he seek sponsorship from other sources and that once this was secured, he should submit a revised proposal for the City to consider.

Mr Mpololo submitted a revised proposal in August 2016, but still requested an amount of R2,5 million in sponsorship from the City,” he said.

He said that the committee had to be re established following the recent local elections and the meeting could only be sat once this was completed.

Mr Mpololo needs to understand that the City of Cape Town prides itself on being a well-run city. Testimony to this is the successive clean audits that the administration has received.”

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