Msunduzi tightens ‘sponsorship’ purse

2015-09-16 06:00

AFTER weeks of sifting through multiple sponsorship requests from the municipality, the Msunduzi Strategic Management Committee took heed of an appeal from an executive committee member to err of the side of caution when dealing with sponsorship requests.

Exco member Bill Lambert said he was positive about the decisions made by the management team to cut down on approving funding for events “willy-nilly”.

“I agree with the management’s decisions to limit sponsorships and I’m glad they took us seriously from our cautions at previous meetings. I do not agree with giving money away at all,” he said.

Although caution was taken, councillors applied their minds to each application and tried to assist where they could.

While some members stood their ground in support of the strategic management committee decision to deny all funding, others motivated for some assistance to be given to certain events.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said the “principled decisions” from councillors had resulted in the house being divided.

Over 10 requests to the tune of over R1 million were brought to Exco. However, some Exco members were of the view that funding should be given to certain events seeing that they are centred around Heritage Month.

Councillor Eunice Majola counter-proposed that “no more than 50%” be given towards supporting a heritage event due to take place in Ward 37, to which exco agreed.

The request was for R125 500, R70 000 of which is for the winning prize for seven groups participating in the event.

IPF councillor Patrick Bengu strongly objected to the proposal to contribute to funding the event.

“These people [applicants] need to wait for the Grants in Aid committee to be set up, and funding requests need to go through there,” he said.

Ndlela said it would be “irresponsible” for Exco to wait for the committee to be formed and advised that the funding applications be dealt with by Exco until the committee is established.

A similar decision was taken for the uMgungundlovu Traditional Art Music group to an iScathamiya competition to be held at the Playhouse Company.

Deputy mayor, Thobani Zuma. counter- proposed that the municipality should at assist with the funding of three buses that were requested, to which Exco agreed.

Although funding was not approved for any other events, councillors compromised for a couple of events where free use of the city hall was granted.

“If you charge an entrance fee to the event the person cannot receive free use of the hall,” cautioned city manager, Mxolisi Nkosi.

Ndlela also cautioned regarding VIP catering at events stating that this was unnecessary, especially in the current economic crisis

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