Events purse closes

2015-09-11 10:00
The red-brick road around the City Hall.

The red-brick road around the City Hall. (Jonathan Burton)

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EVENT organisers around the city will have to go elsewhere to find a whopping R1,7 million to fund their events, after their applications to council for financial aid were rejected yesterday.

Msunduzi executive committee has taken heed of DA councillor Bill Lambert’s warning about sponsoring events “willy-nilly” and yesterday turned down more than 10 requests for financial sponsorship. The executive committee agenda was overwhelmed with requests from the public, events organisers and traditional organisations to sponsor their upcoming events to be held in the city.

“I am very glad that we are taken seriously in our stance to not support dishing out money all over the show,” said Lambert.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela agreed, saying council “must scrutinise every request” but cautioned councillors to “take care” when debating sponsorships and to be mindful that September is Heritage month which explained the long list of events asking for assistance.

Although some were turned down completely, the council did agree to partially sponsor certain events.

Council agreed that not more than half of the R125 500 asked for, should be granted to the Ward 37 heritage event.

A similar agreement was made for the request of three buses to transport the uMgungundlovu Traditional Art Music group to an iScathamiya competition to be held at the Playhouse Company.

Financial sponsorships for events such as the Life Bible Church International Youth Motivation Expo, the establishment of interfaith structures and the Mayibuye Afrika Choir were not approved, but the executive committee agreed to allow the organisers free use of the City Hall on condition. “We can offer free use of the City Hall, provided that none of these events charge an entrance fee to the attendees,” said Msunduzi municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi.

In addition, Mayor Ndlela said the council should seriously look at doing away with VIP catering at events.

He said a circular from Treasury was sent to government departments stating that unnecessary costs should be looked at carefully before spending. “VIP catering is one of those unnecessary costs, especially in this economic crisis we find ourselves in today,” said Ndlela

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