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ANC fears centenary exploitation

2011-11-14 08:29

Bloemfontein - The Free State ANC leadership has appealed to the province's hospitality industry not to inflate prices for accommodation ahead of its centenary celebrations, according to a newspaper report on Monday.

"Exploitation of visitors has always been a problem. The tripling of accommodation rates is a turnoff. Role players in the industry should come together and solve the problem," ANC provincial secretary general Sibongile Besani said.

Apart from the shortage of accommodation in Bloemfontein, there were also worries that operators may increase rates.

Besani said there were 26 000 beds available, far fewer than the number of more than 100 000 visitors expected for 100th year celebrations since ANC was launched in Bloemfontein in 1912.

Last week, the ANC said the birthday celebrations would cost more than R100m.

"It will not cost less than R100m, it is costly," ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"It is not cheap but we believe... it is worth it. Future and younger generations need to know where we come from."

Comments
  • Bardy - 2011-11-14 08:34

    "Future and younger generations need to know where we come from." Right! And you do so by blowing more than R100m? The ANC is insane!

      VusiMabaso - 2011-11-14 08:43

      The "younger" generations are marching for jobs, not the Bash of all Bashes at R100 Million! While they stuff themselves at the party 45 Million other people will be hungry!

      Jono - 2011-11-14 08:44

      why dont they just come and collect my money at my front door, why go through SARS...Stealing our money is a crime by the way! hope they sleep in the cold outside on the floor in a roofless tent!

      Oneant - 2011-11-14 08:51

      rephrase : " The Free State ANC leadership has appealed to its membership not to pay inflated prices for accommodation ahead of its centenary celebrations"

      Vicker - 2011-11-14 09:00

      Let them eat cake...

      Levett - 2011-11-14 09:29

      The ANC comes from a history of terrorism and stealing from whites at every opportunity. Who in their right mind wants to teach the youth that?

      Ron - 2011-11-14 10:01

      @Levit Please rephrase or go do something else, but dont comment here if you have Cr@p to say...

      Andrew - 2011-11-14 10:06

      After 17 years of governance and if the younger generation do not know ANC history they never will. This bash is so insensitive in the prevalent financial climate when every person has to tighten their belts. Albeit a centenary believe this money should be spent on upliftment instead of for the few priviledged ANC members.

      jase880 - 2011-11-14 10:12

      I agree with Ron. This is not a racial issue - it is a responsibility issue. I can tell you that squandering money like this by the ANC is hurting the millions of poor blacks more than it's hurting us whites.

  • Herman - 2011-11-14 08:40

    Hey, with the amount of money it is going to cost US, the dumb taxpayer, I will gladly exploit it to get some ROI.

      Wikus - 2011-11-14 08:44

      Well if Party is TRULY separate from state then it shouldn't cost the tax payer anything... But I won't be surprised if public funds are skimmed for this one...

      Herman - 2011-11-14 08:51

      Wikus, we are gonna pay and pay a lot for this bash. Wonder if I will make a killing selling cheap imported t-shirts (in ugly yellow) and braai hoeners??

  • lindaawhelan - 2011-11-14 08:42

    "Exploitation of TAXPAYERS has always been a problem. The tripling of CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION and other TENDERS is a turnoff. Role players in the GOVERNMENT should come together and solve the problem," ANC provincial secretary general Sibongile Besani SHOULD HAVE said.

  • Colin - 2011-11-14 08:44

    Logic one: If you expect one hundred thousand guests to attend a multi day function ( they will require overnight accommodation ), make sure you have adequate accommodation facilities for them. Logic two: As governments around the globe look to reduce expenditure on non-generative financial plans, ours will " invest " close on half a Billion Rand on this function. Logic three: Here lies the rub, there 'aint none in ANC.

  • Fenderbender - 2011-11-14 08:45

    Exploit them like they exploit us

  • George - 2011-11-14 08:45

    Multiply your prices bu 10 Get sone of your mony back Stuff the gov. Take what they want and want stuff for nothing

  • phathuchicos - 2011-11-14 08:46

    This ANC party preparations sounds more like a polical world cup to me. It's embarrasing how a party which was placed on power by poor depressed people hoping for a change is willing to spend nearly half a billion rand instead of converting that money into bursaries. If steve biko, chris hani and other who people who died for this country's freedom could have been given a vision of how a banana republic SA is gonna be, i'm sure they would have given up of their political ambitions.

  • Vicker - 2011-11-14 08:47

    Umm...these particular geniuses obviously do not understand the simple concept of supply and demand??? 26 000 beds, 100 000 moegoes = BIG BUCKS... I fully support any hospitality establishment increasing their prices by 1000% or more - it's a golden oppurtunity to get at least some of your taxes back people. Oh and don't forget - insist on Full Payment on booking...

  • Kylie - 2011-11-14 08:47

    Why not, you screw us daily!

  • PilgrimX - 2011-11-14 08:51

    Sounds more like they want stuff for free again. Would it help if I asked the ANC not to exploit my tax money?

  • George - 2011-11-14 08:51

    First of all tell that to all of your mp's. But of course they WILL stay at the most expencive place to support there immage. It is inbred so they will do it. They have in the past, and got away with it so what will stop them now

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-11-14 08:59

    Since when has cost been a issue to the ANC ???

  • Andre - 2011-11-14 09:07

    You can waste a R100m on a party, but no one else may benefit? This country is falling apart and this is their biggest concern?

  • Paas - 2011-11-14 09:11

    WARNING: If its the ANC or anyone attending this celebration of poverty who makes a reservation, ensure that you get full payment upfront. Paas (AKA Previously Bitten)

  • Pierre - 2011-11-14 09:13

    Because they know you baasteds will trash the hotels

  • Jeremy - 2011-11-14 09:17

    Only the ANC can exploit everyone else, Everyone else is not allowed to exploit the ANC...?

  • Ryan - 2011-11-14 09:32

    Has the concept of capitalism escaped you? Do you think they want your type of visitor in their establishments? RAISE the rates 1000%! If you are empty that weekend, you will still come out better off than letting drunk ANC youths stay there.

  • Elaine - 2011-11-14 09:36

    When they are history as Malema is history, future generations will shake their heads at the profligate waste of money they used for feeding their own bloated faces in the face of the desperately poor who need jobs and services.

  • Garreth - 2011-11-14 09:42

    Guys, 2 busses are leaving each province for the public to attend. All expenses paid by the ANC of course. To book is R100. First come first serve. Bloem, here we come!!! Anyone up for it?

  • Boknessers - 2011-11-14 09:42

    And why not inflate prices?. If the ANC has money to waste, then why not those who attend this celebration. Rook hulle my pĂȘl - rook hulle. A translated Afrikaans saying says "when it rains porridge, grap as much as you can". Make hay when the sun shines. This prospect will only return in 100 years.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-14 09:45

    The ANC has the money. More than enough considering how they intend to spend it. The merchants and suppliers have the goods. The ANC wants it. Wonderful opportunity to maximize profits. Why not? The ANC's efforts at making it as cheap as possible for themselves is the exact same profit motive at work. Goods and services as cheap as possible translates into profit taking.

  • Ian - 2011-11-14 10:00

    omg, they spending R100 Million of tax payers money on a puti but they dont want to pay for accomodation, what a bunch of corrupt immoral pigs

      Paas - 2011-11-14 10:36

      @ Phangolicious - you're correct its R100 million of the ANC's money (courtesy of Roux Shabangu; Robert Gumede; Chancellor House; the late Muammar Ghadaffi; the People's Republic of China; etc, etc). Its the R400 million of the taxpayers money thats going to be used to "upgrade" the infrastructure; quickly provide the voting fodder with toilets; ensure that Honest Ace's palatial residence has all the bells and whistles; purchase a new fleet of black SUV's with the obligatory blue light that really p!sses us off.

      PB - 2011-11-14 11:03

      phangolicious Can you really be so ignorant as to believe the anc about the source of the funds that they are going to squander on KFC and Yellow Tshirts, among other things. And about 'you' not being as corrupt as 'us' - you are correct, you lot are in a seriously higher league when it comes to being corrupt.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-14 10:14

    So the ANC can rip us off but we can't turn a profit ourselves. The tenants of free trade allow anyone to charge whatever they like for services, if you don't want to pay so much find someone cheaper. This is the time the man on the street gets to do to the government what the government has been doing to the man on the street for 18 years.

  • thechrisberryshow - 2011-11-14 10:40

    "Exploitation of visitors has always been a problem..." - HAHAHA! welcome to our world douchebags!

  • alobar.prunesqualler - 2011-11-14 10:42

    Why not? We're just following the ANC's example of exploiting taxpayers for this ridiculous back slapping event :(( R100m plus - it is criminal

  • alobar.prunesqualler - 2011-11-14 10:50

    How about taking R100m and doing something wonderful for the community in the name of '100 years of ANC' like new clinics, schools or housing, instead of a piss-up for a bunch of elitists. Or is that too logical?

  • brettcch - 2011-11-14 10:55

    If prices go up it is probably just pricing in the amount for having to fix the carnage

  • Lynn - 2011-11-14 11:41

    How about teaching the future and younger generations how to help the poor instead of teaching them how to waste huge amounts of money on parties. It is morally wrong to have parties of this magnitude when there are millions of ANC supporters going hungry.

      John - 2011-11-14 13:41

      One gets what one votes for !!!!!

  • Koos - 2011-11-14 12:24

    mm...Future and younger generations need to know where we come from'' is this not why we have history @ schools or am I missing the plot here? now huge amounts must be spent so that the rest of the world can see the ANC dont give a crap about the rest of RSA!

  • teboho.nkoane1 - 2011-11-14 12:59

    'The youth to know where this organisation comes from' - which youth and led by who? Malema won't have a voice on dat centenary, meaning the youth will be expected to play 'Father & son gripe - yes dad, yes dad yes daddy' to all the rhetoric. As young people we should mobilise ourselves and fight this sidelining that's nogal, too costly for this nation.

  • John - 2011-11-14 13:27

    Maybe BFN should hike the prices after all it is the tax payers money that the ANC is spending. In a perverted way, at least the money wasted by our gov can be regained by the Bloemfonteiners.

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