Council approves more funding for city events

2014-10-10 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality has splashed out hundreds of thousands rands to fund religious, cultural and social events in the city.

The costs were discussed during the executive committee (Exco) meeting yesterday.

Exco approved an application by the Midlands Hindu Society to host the annual Msunduzi Diwali Festival that begins today, with R239 515 being earmarked for this event.

The celebration takes place until Sunday at the Protea Grounds, Khan Road.

The municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi, said they are sponsoring R150 000 cash towards a marquee, sound, the stage and decor. “The rest of the money will be in kind for the municipal services that will be rendered on the day of the event,” he said.

Nkosi said they needed to sign a memorandum of understanding with the organisers before funding is awarded.

ANC Exco member Thulani Xulu said it was important for council to have a funding plan for the annual event.

Xulu’s proposal was seconded by another ANC Exco member, Manilal Inderjit, who suggested they should have an annual three-year financial plan to fund the event.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said it was important to fund such an event because it talked to both religious and cultural aspects of an important community in the city, the Hindu community.

There was also a debate on the funding of the Harry “Munt’omdala” Gwala Commemoration funded by the city in late August after an additional R59 000 was asked for to supplement the R240 000 already approved.

Yesterday, opposition benches expressed concern over the additional amount of R59 000.

DA councillor Judith Lawrence questioned why was this amount not included in the initial amount.

She said approving this would set a trend if allowed, and that all the costs should have been covered in the R240 000.

Nkosi said after funding the event to the tune of R240 000, it would have been good for them not to approve the additional amount for the 33 buses to transport people.

The money came from the mayoral budget vote.

Another application by the Mabhida Foundation Trust for council to fund a book launch to commemorate the life of struggle veteran Moses Mabhida was also heard by Exco, with R15 900 set aside for the event on October 17. President Jacob Zuma is expected to be the guest speaker on the day.


Exco also approved funds for a campaign to attract votes for the mayor, Chris Ndlela, to win a competition as one of the best mayors in the KZN Municipalities Awards hosted by the Co-operative Department of Traditional Affairs today.

“During the tenure of the honourable mayor, we have seen Msunduzi move from strength to strength towards being a city that all Pietermaritzburg citizens can be proud of,” said the blurb in the marketing plan for the campaign.

More than R25 000 was used in advertising to try and get people to vote for Ndlela.

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