Durban Essence Festival a waste - DA

2016-11-22 14:30
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Durban - Durban’s Essence Festival was not successful and cost ratepayers unnecessary millions, the DA in KwaZulu-Natal said on Tuesday.

The event, based on a festival held in New Orleans, USA, was “less than African”, provincial party leader Zwakele Mncwango said.

It was held in Durban from November 8 to 13.

Mncwango, who is a member of eThekwini municipality’s executive committee, said officials had confidentially informed him of excessive expenditure and minimal public participation throughout the festival.

READ: Essence Music Festival a flop for eThekwini - DA

Mncwango said the city allegedly spent R6m for licensing the Essence name. Councillors had not yet seen the procurement process for the licence purchase.

“The festival in the US is about celebrating African American women. My take was that it was a good concept, but it should be localised. Meaning, you can get an organiser in South Africa and Durban and take this concept and adopt and make it an African way.”

Mncwango claimed the sound system for the event was imported from a US-based company and asked why it could not have come from a local service provider.

He said he attended two promotional events for the festival at which there was alcohol the municipality had bought.

“People were drinking like crazy. I personally witnessed this.”

The eThekwini metro said a report detailing how much money was spent on the event and the benefits to the city was being compiled and would be presented to the executive committee.

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