Sushi, calamari, chandeliers for Tina’s ‘budget bash’ at larney Shimmy Beach Club

2015-05-20 11:17
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

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There was sushi on the table and elaborate chandeliers dangling from the ceiling at one of the Mother City’s most exclusive hangouts for a networking event hosted by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and attended by hundreds of invited guests.

Lunch at the venue, the V&A Waterfront’s Shimmy Beach Club, included beef carpaccio, calamari strips and salad.
Various role players from the energy industry attended the lunchtime event yesterday,  which was held directly after Joemat-Pettersson’s budget speech in Parliament on the other side of town.

Members of the newly established ministerial energy advisory board, Deputy Minister of Energy Thembi Majola, chairperson of the parliamentary committee on energy Fikile Majola, as well as officials from the department were present.

Each guest received a gift bag with a solar lamp and charger.

“Don’t ask who paid for the event; everything has been settled,” Joemat-Pettersson said in a short speech.

About an hour earlier – during the debate on the minister’s budget speech – Ian Ollis, DA member of Parliament, had asked who would foot the bill for the event.

She answered: “Who pays for our food? You do.”

Later in a bid for clarity, acting director-general of energy Dr Wolsey Barnard said that the event was sponsored by petroleum companies and stakeholders in the renewable energy industry.

“The department’s only expense was to transport the officials who attended the minister’s budget speech at Parliament to the venue,” he said.

But Ollis said the DA had decided to not attend such parties because it was a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“In her speech this morning, the minister confirmed that it is the taxpayer who paid for the event. It costs too much. The minister of finances asked us to be more thrifty. The opulent Shimmy Beach Club [at the Waterfront] is not the type of place where parliamentary events should be held, especially in the current economic circumstances.”

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