Mabuza annoyed at ‘mediocre donation’ from corporate companies

2013-03-06 12:06

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Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has expressed his annoyance at tight-fisted corporate companies after his golf fundraising event raised a paltry R170 000 on the weekend.

The State of the Province Address Golf Day, held on Saturday in White River, aimed to raise funds for the Premier’s Bursary Fund, which has seen 236 students out of a total of 3 147 complete their studies in various fields.

An incensed Mabuza refused to officiate the prize-giving ceremony, leaving it in the hands of director-general Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize, and he felt so embarrassed he had thoughts of snubbing the event too.

Mabuza had been receiving enormous support from private business for his Kancane Kancane Premier’s Legacy Project that builds houses for the poor, but the Golf Day’s shortcomings prodded him to talk tough.

“I am not a celebrity, but a premier elected by the people. I am an open book and very much predictable. When I indicate right, I cannot turn left. We said a lot of things during our state of the province and there are a lot of expectations from the people,” he said in a statement.

“We made a number of promises and people now expect us to deliver on them. As a government, we have also made the environment conducive for you to do business, but your corporate social responsibility leaves much to be desired ... you must claim your responsibility as passionate citizens of this country,” said Mabuza.

Mabuza’s spokesperson, Zibonele Mncwango, said Mabuza felt embarrassed by the “mediocre donation” and he refused to officiate because he would be perceived as having “disassociated” himself from the people of Mpumalanga.

Mncwango said another Golf Day fund raiser will be held in October this year.

Meanwhile, Mabuza’s Kancane Kancane Premier’s Legacy Project has so far built 147 houses for mostly the elderly, the disabled and the poorest of the poor at a cost of close to R10 million.

He aims to build 1 000 houses by July this year.

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