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Speakers office's huge grocery shop

2012-03-02 07:27

Johannesburg - The Speaker of the Gauteng legislature Lindiwe Maseko requested that her office buy groceries amounting to thousands of rands, according to a report in the Star newspaper on Friday.

Legislature spokesperson Nondumiso Msomi said the grocery list had not been for Maseko's personal or private consumption, but that of her office.

"In her capacity as the Speaker of the Gauteng legislature, the speaker hosts local as well as international dignitaries from time to time, and as is tradition, guests are offered refreshments," Msomi told the publication.

The shopping order, made in March last year, was sent to the City Spar in Meyersdal where groceries consisting mainly of snacks and drinks were bought.

Some of the food items were honeyed ginger tea times 48, Jacobs Kronung coffee times six, dried wors barbecue biltong times 24 and chilli cashew nuts times 24.

Hard drinks included two cases of Glenfiddich 15-years-old and two cases of Meerlust wine, but these were not part of the items on the Spar list.

The groceries totalled R10 998 for everything excluding the drinks.

The newspaper said the list was detailed and included personal items such as Rennies, Gaviscon, sanitary pads, tampons and tissues.

The order was signed under "the head of finance, Willie Sambo".

Comments
  • Cast53 - 2012-03-02 07:40

    Not their money so why should they care, not like all of us work ourself to death so they can live a life of abundance, luxury and waste our tax money

      Ian - 2012-03-02 07:54

      Hau Lindiwe, wheesky and whine? Wat about the grevy?

      Dirk - 2012-03-02 08:06

      Hau, Can I offer you a tampon? Or a Gaviscon, maybe?

      Dennis - 2012-03-02 08:09

      And I am sure the international dignitaries requested the tampons ne' !!!

      Willie - 2012-03-02 08:16

      This is not a story

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 08:24

      The thing that bugs me is that they go for the expensive items, do they not understand that they should curb the expenditure is what is going to take SA down the drain. Why not rather use it for projects like housing, potholes etc.

      John - 2012-03-02 08:38

      Whiskey and wine are for celebrating Malema expulsion from the party. If Tampons are for Malema...I aprove those groceries. Where to sign?

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-03-02 08:44

      This is the beginning of corruption from small scale & she'll graduate to bigger scale like tenders worth million if not billions. Its good that she is exposed subsequently a stop will be put in the latter.

      Bokfan - 2012-03-02 09:35

      From SPA to SPAZA I think this lady is actually running a shebeen

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 11:28

      Willie, no, it isn't a story, it's the truth.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 11:30

      David, a bunch of retards?. Who are you to speak?.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-02 11:49

      So the guys get offered whisky and a cigar, the ladies wine and tampons... great!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-02 15:03

      did KFC/Nandos change their secret ingredients or something??

  • Sharon - 2012-03-02 07:41

    I once worked for a company where the owner's wife called us together after tea time and said: "You people made 53 cups of tea and coffee this tea time, and it is unacceptable!" Methinks I was working at the wrong place! I will drink Jacobs Kronung coffee any day of the week.

      msendi - 2012-03-02 08:25

      In isiZulu, wawusebenzela inja… Unfortunately there is no English sentence to express what I mean…

      John - 2012-03-02 08:42

      Msendi...i know "inja" is dog wawusebenzela.....hmmmm. Sebenza (work), Sebenzela (without work) Maybe..."A dog that has nothing better to do" ?

      msendi - 2012-03-02 08:58

      @John… It is true, but words are sometimes used to express feelings than their actual meaning. It is a part of our culture to share food with your fellow men without complaining. If you do the opposite people say "uyinja". "Uyinja" if you buy coffee or tea for people to use, yet count cups when they use it.

      Kese - 2012-03-02 09:09

      @John - sebenzela is "working for" therefore wawusebenzela inja is "you were working for a dog".

      cathygradwell.naude - 2012-03-02 09:23

      Me too! We were told one day that from now on only the water, milk and kettle would be available. Tea, coffee etc must be brought in ourselves. And all this while Head Office still had a subsidised canteen! I think I was also at the wrong place!

      msendi - 2012-03-02 09:28

      @Kese… Inja can be a dog, a jealous person (inja), it is usual to hear a thug calling himself "ngiyinja" (not actual referring to an animal called dog) and his friends calling him "inja yami" (my dog). Sometimes it is difficult to translate isiZulu to English directly…

      John - 2012-03-02 09:57

      Jees...I've utterly failed in Zulu here....:) Now I know how to call someone in my office here. "Uyinja" is the right word for him...hahahaha

  • Neutedop - 2012-03-02 07:41

    Geez - being a DA supporter and all.... this is normal practice! Any company have nice wiskey and wine for vlients, and snacks. This is really scrappig the barrel.

      Frank - 2012-03-02 08:15

      Hmmm, do these companies also offer their clients rennies and tampons along with their whiskey and wine for clients? I accept entertainment is standard practice at most companies, the purchase of goods for personal consumption isn't however.

      Neutedop - 2012-03-02 08:21

      Frank, if your guest at a braai have heartburn - do you offer him a rennie? It is normal - R11 000 is not much - including 2 cases Glenfiddich.

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 08:25

      They are not a company they are suppose to serve the people and not blatantly steal from them

      Malcolm - 2012-03-02 08:25

      The day that government becomes a company and earns money instead of taking mine is the day that they can do whatever they want with the money. Government is not a company, stop pretending it is okay for them to do things just because a company might.

      peter.bezuidenhout - 2012-03-02 08:26

      @Neutedop - Read again, it excluded the alcohol!

      msendi - 2012-03-02 08:27

      How much is rennies and tampoons Neutedop?

      Christopher - 2012-03-02 09:32

      That kept the mentally challenged Neutedop quiet...well done for your smart comments everyone!!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-03-02 10:09

      Agree 100%. Even small municipalities buy snacks and drinks for guests. There's nothing abnormal about this.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-02 11:44

      Well there you go, according to Neutedop (who is no DA supporter) I should be able to offer my guests tampons.. Yup, I think I'll go to Spar on my way home and stock up! I do have a braai this weekend and I am sure some of my female friends would appreciate if I offered the guys cigars and the ladies tampons.

  • Thoka - 2012-03-02 07:42

    this isn't news, Sies. My grocery costs me R2000.00 a month for 3 adults and 1 kid. and still not enough. WTF

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 08:26

      So do you go to the shop and do bargain shopping or do you just go for the most expensive item on the shelve?

      Thokozane - 2012-03-02 09:06

      I agree, sensationalism. I used to stock up on drinks at work for clients, and these use to cost around R2500 per month. In her case, she hosts local & international dignitaries. I guess she is supposed to fed them tap water & biltong. The grocery list was mainly for the snacks & drinks, according to this report. The article doesn't mention whether the grocery was bought for one or for the whole year. Pure sensationalism, before I get crucified, I'm a tax payer too.

      John - 2012-03-02 09:31

      @ Thokozane. Did you also stock up on tampons and sanitary pads for your company?? And she's an exceptionally bad host if she stocks up on snacks for a whole year.... biltong and nuts don't last 3 months, let alone a year...

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-03-02 10:11

      @John honestly, is buying bathroom-ware for the govt bathroom such a big deal to you?

      Thokozane - 2012-03-02 11:51

      @John, politics is a dirty game. Do you honestly think other departments don't do the same? Remember Malusi Gigaba bought flowers for his wife on Valentines Day using state funds, and not much was said, wait till he falls from grace. This story is very subjective, depending on which side of the fence you are sitting. If she did wrong, let her pay, but we don't even know even how much those items cost (the total bill being R10k excluding drinks).

      Tyrone - 2012-03-02 12:50

      i agree with you Thokozane.,. Normal practice.

  • sledge.darkwatch - 2012-03-02 07:43

    Cant wait for the comments on this one : )

  • Yolanda - 2012-03-02 07:45

    Please man! this is nothing new. Companies do this all the time, especially if the department hosts clients etc. you are making news out of nothing.

      Kevin - 2012-03-02 08:04

      Yes , but not government civil servants. This is tax payers money

      Malcolm - 2012-03-02 08:27

      Where does this stupid notion of government being a company come from? And if they are one can I take them to the competition commission for being a monopoly?

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 08:28

      Dont know why they keep confusing Government with a company, government do not earn revenue, we pay taxes and they are suppose to put our tax money to good use. Companies generate revenue and can use it like they want they do not have to report to the people of SA

      msendi - 2012-03-02 08:33

      In the TRC we heard that killing squards enjoyed a braai after killing a wanted victim. That was also a money from taxpayers pockets, and there was no complains. This time at least it is used for refreshments to host the visitors…

      betsy.compaan - 2012-03-02 08:36

      Yes they do Kevin, let's admit it, if there really was something fishy going on you would be looking at a bill of about R357 846...

      deborah.airey - 2012-03-02 08:42

      @Yolanda I think you missed the point - This is not a Company! This is a Government department! Spending our hard earned Tax Money on over the top luxury items and personal items ie:medication etc. Its a disgrace and well worth reporting as this is theft!! This has to be exposed in EVERY instance, the downfall and crippling of this country will be the little things, the corruption in every facet. Just look North it is blatant.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-02 09:19

      I know exactly what the difference between a company and government is. But just because the government uses tax payer's money to function it doesn't mean that they should offer their dignitaries water AND at my previous compnay "yes i said it again." there was an emergency cabinet with sanitary towels, pain killers etc. Just in case. So, no, i have not missed the point.

      John - 2012-03-02 11:01

      I don't know how you found where your tax money are going... I know that "my tax money" are going for streets, houses, for the buletproof west of the policeman, for the ambilance in the hospital, for the person that suffered from chronic disease.... I dont know people.... You all claiming about hard earned money and belive that you the only one that contribute with your tax money to the society. Now you found someone that "used" Your Tax Money. That is a serrios offence and I sugest from tommorow all government departments to bring their own toilet paper....from home. Now government cannot be compared (alternatively we will all work for Malcolm becouse he will take them to court)....and bla and bla and bla..........i want to find the "thin line" here Government department cannot have a budget for refreshments, coffe, alcohol?....what exactly we debating here? Type or need? How about...how many of you claimed "Travel allowance" without your job description giving you a traveling as activity?......where are those money?....I want to build another hospital and I clame those money from all of you...especialy from the one that knows the competition board.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-02 11:59

      @ John, i couldn't have put it better myself :-))

      Clive - 2012-03-02 14:00

      Flip I get mad when people like Msendi say that because the apartheid govt wasted taxpayers' money it's OK for our current "rulers" to do so. Weren't the Nats thrown out in order to give us something better? If so, we've been disappointed in many respects, because the Msendis of this country continue to vote for ineptitude, corruption and spineless "leadership".

      Clive - 2012-03-02 21:54

      Reading John's contribution, it is clear that none of my tax money was wasted on his education. The worst spelling and grammar I have yet seen on this forum.

      John - 2012-03-03 09:46

      Clive, Proceed with your 1040 income tax form. 17th of April is comming. Don't you think that Arial font in my posts is offset also?

      Clive - 2012-03-04 08:31

      @John: the 17th April may be coming, but it's certainly not "comming". And my tax affairs are totally up to date!!! Although I'm not sure what my tax affairs and your font have to do with the point of discussion! Am I missing something?

  • Peter - 2012-03-02 07:45

    Ah Ha - So even The Speakers are preparing for the worst Rennies and Gaviscon - To ease the ulcers they get from not securing enough lucritive "underhand" deals Sanitary pads - to keep their "botties" clean just in case they "sh*t" themselves if they are caught out. Tampons - to be used as earplugs so they do not hear all of the accusations. Tissues - to be used to dry the cocodile tears when they are caught out. Achohol - to drwon the sorrows Snack - something to be used as bribe money when kicked out onto the street. :) hee hee.

  • Keabetswe Prince Mathabathe - 2012-03-02 07:47

    If a speaker 4 Gauteng Legislature cn spend thousands of our tax money 4 groceries jst imagine hw many millions do others spend without our concern. I bet u de president also does de same 4 her wife's groceries.

      Lynton - 2012-03-02 12:10

      the president is a female lesbian?....hmmm

      Buck - 2012-03-02 13:32

      Lynton, is there a male Lesbian?

  • Dave - 2012-03-02 07:47

    guests are offered refreshments," Msomi told the publication. list was detailed and included personal items such as Rennies, Gaviscon, sanitary pads, tampons and tissues. So someone walks around with a platter of tampons?

      Kevin - 2012-03-02 08:05

      Well said. This is grounds for immediate suspension and then terminate the guilty thug

      Kobus - 2012-03-02 08:27

      Please tell her a spoon of baking soda in luke warm water is better than Rennies and Gaviscon. It will certainly save my tax money :)

      Dave - 2012-03-02 09:49

      aaaaarrrrgh Janine, you started it....at least you said whiskey and not cranberry juice....

      Chille - 2012-03-02 13:21

      In some of the high schools in the States, the pupils (male and female) will dip tampons in vodka, and "apply" said tampon for on-the-job drinking if you will, maybe that is what these officials do too. Apparently it is way more potent then oral consumption...

  • DavidW - 2012-03-02 07:50

    Msomi says the purchases are for entertaining international dignitaries from time to time. I can just picture these dignitaries being offered a rennie and sanitary pads on arrival. Must make for an interesting meeting. Who are you trying to fool??? You are nothing more than common thieves !!!

  • Andre - 2012-03-02 07:50

    There is an Afrikaans expression: Hulle lyk so lekker want hulle eet so lekker. There is, however, a positive spin-off for the clothing stores!

  • Trevor - 2012-03-02 07:51

    So happy that 2012 I'm no longer paying income tax to these criminals called politicians.....they RAPE the country with NO shame and then still have the balls to stand in public shouting how they deplore corruption and how they will fight it...ya, criminals investigating criminals, typical African way.

      Nare - 2012-03-02 08:36

      how are u going to do that

  • Vinesh - 2012-03-02 07:52

    time to pull the plug on the purchase of tampons!

  • Ronel - 2012-03-02 07:53

    agree with Neutedop - this is normal practice! Any company have nice wiskey and wine for clients, and snacks. the staff also part take of this. so what the f. moan and groan about the toll fees that is going to be in place end April.

      Dave - 2012-03-02 07:57

      Ronel....tampon or pad?

      Neutedop - 2012-03-02 08:06

      Dave, my company have that for the ladies. And a first aid kit with pain pills, rennies etc. Geez,if a client complain about heartburn - do you tell him to walk to the cafe? Glad don't work for you! As a male, the least you can do for your employees is to have the basic medical/woman affairs covered!

      Dave - 2012-03-02 08:12

      @Neutedop...I hope your first aid kit incules a huge dose for lack of sense of humour...and dont worry, you wouldnt be on my short list of candidates

      Cast53 - 2012-03-02 08:31

      Don't know why you keep confusing Government with a company, government do not earn revenue, we pay taxes and they are suppose to put our tax money to good use. Companies generate revenue and can use it like they want they do not have to report to the people of SA

      Neutedop - 2012-03-02 08:33

      Hahaha - SorryDave, that one was over my head :)

      Dave - 2012-03-02 08:43

      aaahh...found the pilletjie in the box? Have a great day mate

      Neutedop - 2012-03-02 10:47

      Hahaha - Cheers Dave. I see admitting you did not get the joke, earns you 5 thumbs down....geez - hahaha

  • Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-03-02 07:55

    Jeesh! You'd think she would at least buy her own sanitary pads! Or are those for dignitaries too?!

  • William - 2012-03-02 08:03

    If the items where not for private consumption why are thy buying tampons???? Mmmmmmmmmmm, it appears as if they are providing sanitary pads for the staff. The gravy train continues!!!!!

  • Herman - 2012-03-02 08:03

    Lekker lewe wat die lot kommuniste het in SA!

      Cuan Parker - 2012-03-02 08:09

      You never buy snacks or entertain guests? Or heaven forbid snack on some biltong while you work - maybe its only the communists who do that!?

      Herman - 2012-03-02 08:16

      Please Cuan, wake up, these so called leaders or rather rulers are robbing us blind. This is but a very small part of their so called "entertainment" accumalating to a loss of billions.

  • Bob - 2012-03-02 08:06

    Affirmative shopping....!

  • Cuan Parker - 2012-03-02 08:06

    Seriously - I think the journalist who wrote this is being paid too much! Really petty reporting - get a life!!

  • Mpho - 2012-03-02 08:08

    Honestly, where is the real news in this? Companies do this all the time.

      Theo Reinecke - 2012-03-02 08:49

      Companies do the same, I agree. However, this isnt a company... it is the government. The reason it is news is because this is a growing trend. People are left hungry and instead of using tax payer's money to help them, it is used to buy personal items. R10 000 rand goes a long way if you live below the breadline and these officials earn massive salaries.

      comurray - 2012-03-02 09:03

      Yes they do, however the bill is paid for with profits not tax payer's hard earned cash.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-02 12:14

      People need to just get over this cause this company vs government lesson is getting old. We all know the difference between the two. *yawn*

      Chille - 2012-03-02 13:38

      As asked before, so just because this happens to be an government institution, does the visiting dignitaries, local and international have to pack their own refreshments? And the employees? AND further more, another point already questioned. Would these provisions cover a month, a year, 2 weeks? What? It wasn't mentioned in the article, so if they came back with a well this is our YEARLY groceries, then what?

  • Sandy - 2012-03-02 08:11

    What a bloody cheek........................... The country is already in poverty, yet this can be afforded, what next..

  • amechi.kelechi - 2012-03-02 08:13

    Not sure why all of you are complaining, if some1 visit your house you do offer them refreshments..What is the problem here?

      Malcolm - 2012-03-02 08:45

      If someone visits my house I offer them refreshments I pay for it with my money that I earned, not with money that I took (stole?) from someone else under the pretense that it would be used for a certain purpose. THAT is the problem, it is not governments money to be spending. Do you seriously not get this?

      comurray - 2012-03-02 09:05

      I don't offer the most expensive refreshments, I offer them the same as my family consumes on a daily basis. That is the difference.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 11:37

      Yes, and I pay for those refreshments myself and don't ask for your tax money to do so. That's the problem here.

      Sam - 2012-03-02 17:56

      Malcolm, you are of course a shining example to us all. Would you suggest that govt employees and their guests also bring their own toilet paper to the office? Get real.

  • Butch - 2012-03-02 08:16

    What - No Condoms!! She should be fired for failing to take the safety of her guests into account!

      Lynton - 2012-03-02 12:16

      Hehe. They'll all be offered a shower ;)

  • anton.fester - 2012-03-02 08:20

    I'll all for monitoring public expenditure, but there are valid entertainment items. I'd rather she went to Spar than procured it through a mate's "entertainment" company. If you're going to be the opposition, confront them on real issues please!

  • Tertius - 2012-03-02 08:20

    Goodness me. Glenfiddich nogal. If they want to get drunk on the taxpayers expense, why don't they just get skokkejaan. Or even Ship Sherry?

      Gideon Keyser - 2012-03-02 08:49

      ja or they can drink bompie like the farm workers. much cheaper

      Tertius - 2012-03-02 09:28

      Yes. And surely in that case, you can justify the Rennies and the Gaviscon.

      Christopher - 2012-03-02 10:10

      Hahahaha..

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-02 08:23

    Tax payer going to pay your medical bill when your heart packs up from your gluttony .

  • DanieSmit - 2012-03-02 08:24

    Amazingly no condoms for safe sex in her office, or do they spread aids in a planned ANC strategy

      Bongani - 2012-03-02 08:30

      Choice condoms are readily available and ribed. This is normal and standard. i worked for ABSA head office in Central Jobuerg and we had a kitchen full of groceries and whiskies for friday. Tampons have to be readily available if there are more than one person in a place. I think if this will make news, i guess you can write it and print it.

  • Arthur - 2012-03-02 08:28

    If you look at the size of all the women in parliament, this must be happening all over the country and it seems R10,000 is modest. When I watched the opening of parlaiment, I thought rain clouds were descending on it!

  • Cilla - 2012-03-02 08:35

    Politics is dirty but at least in South Africa it is profitable. They're living like they've never lived before... from samp and beans to filet steak and prawns in one easy election. It is a disgrace.

      Sam - 2012-03-02 17:58

      You are a disgrace - this reveals a horribly frightening inherent racist attitude... 'they' are living like 'they' have never lived before, are 'they'? You mean, 'they' are living like YOU have been living all along?? Please engage your brain before you go public with CRAP like this.

  • Marthinus - 2012-03-02 08:37

    Certainly the gravy train allows this, the ministerial handbook allows them these perks!Glenfiddich should be offered, only the best for a fellow comrade, Bells is just not good enough! Thieves!!!!

  • Jan - 2012-03-02 08:42

    And the previous governments including the Nats didn't do it? It is common practice, they all do this in their arrogance. The only stupid thing is buying at Spar, they can get it a lot cheaper at the bulk traders, if you pay your bills on time. This is not a story.

  • Goose - 2012-03-02 08:44

    I think most of you are missing the point here. It is not the food and drink items, it is the rennies, Gaviscon, sanitary pads, tampons! At least we no know the madam uses parachutes....LOL

  • Con - 2012-03-02 08:45

    Oh come one, how petty is media 245 going to get ? This is not exporbitant stuff. While we all want to see sensible expenditure, it does not mean no functions should ever be held and that only6 dry bread and water should be on the menu ! Kom by mense !

  • Erich - 2012-03-02 08:49

    Since when do you give items such as medicine, sanitary pads and tampons to local and international dignataries, Madam Speaker? Your spokesman must really think he is dealing with a bunch of idiots. No wonder the financial state of Gauteng is in such a mess.

  • william - 2012-03-02 08:54

    I give up,...!!!! There is just no end to these people.....!!!!!

  • Jacques - 2012-03-02 08:56

    Dear international dignitarie Our menue today consists of Statars ------- Dried woros Myn course ----- Babacue beeltong Desart ----- Strictly cashew nats Beverages ----- Glenfiedlieg note lieg wheeskie and Meerlust note meer wine. Hoe meer ons steel hoe meer lieg ons Please note you are eeach issued with a pack of rennies , gavascon , sanatary pads and 5 tampons. This is standard issue for evera meal we serve for the dignitaries. Cry my beloved country

  • ben.nel2 - 2012-03-02 08:58

    I guess the tampon is there to clean up spilled Meerlust

  • TenRas1 - 2012-03-02 08:59

    did she take the pads and gavis home? it don't see anything wrong with buying whiskey and wine for delegates. Stop paying tax if u have a problem with it.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 11:40

      What a chop.

  • comurray - 2012-03-02 09:00

    It is all very well to be able to entertain clients, however with the most expensive Jacobs Kronung coffee and Glenfiddich is taking it a bit too far. What is wrong with standard J&B or Bells and Nescaffe?

  • Andrew - 2012-03-02 09:01

    Its pointless publishing a story like this, its just not worth the time and effort. The point I'm trying to make is that all that she has done and although it was signed off - it will fall on deaf ears.

  • Tumi - 2012-03-02 09:02

    Haaibo!!! Whats the BID deal here? I work for a private company that does that all the time to entertain clients, we spend thousand to make sure that we keep the relations.... THIS IS DEFINATELY NOT NEWS WORTHY

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 11:42

      Tumi, you still don't know the difference between a company and government!! Never mind.

      Yolanda - 2012-03-02 12:18

      @Jacqui this argument abt government vs Company is getting a tad old. We know the difference, we just have a different opinion about the issue. *yawn*

  • ZION - 2012-03-02 09:07

    Why Glenfiddich and not First Watch. Why not Paarl Perle instead of those hundred year old bottles, And Frisco coffee with Marie Biscuits. Mixed fruit jam (ug)and fish paste sarmies. Tap water. and It's not inside, it's on top.

  • Nokuthula - 2012-03-02 09:20

    Now we (tax payers) are buying tampons for government officials. I GIVE UP!!!

      Yolanda - 2012-03-02 12:19

      Nice to see you on News24 :-))

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-03-02 09:27

    Justifaible expenditure i would say, as you've read, it was not for personal use, we need to refrain from being critic all the time, even corp, private individuals even the White house wines n dines its guests, lets not be hypocrites, these people have a country to run and its good image to uphold.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-02 11:44

      How do you know it wasn't for personal use?. A country to run and its good image to be uphold?. With a tampon in one hand and a bottle of Gaviscon in the other, they sure are making a unique effort.

  • Anthon - 2012-03-02 09:34

    Well at least she is buying excellent whisky

  • Andre - 2012-03-02 09:38

    DO not complain. The Speakers office's will eet and drink alllll this on behave of the massess. NE

  • Peter - 2012-03-02 09:40

    Dear Dignitary, may I offer you a choice of tampon or sanitary pad to go with your ginger tea ?

  • vlarismam - 2012-03-02 09:42

    Ag nee man - would you prefer them to take their guests to fancy restaurants or have catering done for meetings. That would cost a pretty penny more! I think it's excellent for a host to have extras such as Rennies & headache pills and sanitary items are often needed when least expected... Oops, I forgot to used my last...

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-02 09:48

    You can't have the dignitaries menstrating on the office furniture.

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-03-02 09:53

      You also going to need the rennies and gaviscon after shoveling down all the savory nuts and biltong.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-02 09:52

    With all the c***s working in government, I would have thought tampons were standard staff issue....