Exco turns down requests for funding

2014-09-12 00:00

SEVERAL requests for funding from community organisations were turned down by the Msunduzi Executive Committee (Exco) yesterday.

The committee said they had not granted the money because they had to be careful not to set a precedent that would be unsustainable.

Exco resolved that the manager in the mayor’s office must in future consider all requests for sponsorships in light of what benefits would accrue to the municipality should sponsorship be considered.

The municipal manager’s office was also asked to investigate a more effective way of addressing such requests in the future.

Long-standing Exco member councillor Bill Lambert said it was unusual to see Exco turning down so many applications for funding.

He recalled, “the dreadful era of the grants-in-aid”, when the former council generously dished out money to a host of organisations. There was no accounting for the funds and, “we were never sure whether the event actually took place”, he said.

He believed that the indiscriminate dishing out of funds was a contributory factor that led to the municipality being placed under administration.

Lambert added that the re-working of the policy should include a clause that the organisations would have to give council feedback on how the money was spent.

Councillor Eunice Majola said that if organisations are being considered for funding they must be asked to make a presentation to Exco.

“In this way, we will be able to know who they are and what they are talking about,” she said.

Some of the requests turned down included a school asking for R6 000 to fund its Nelson Mandela Day clean-up campaign; a women empowerment initiative wanting R30 000 for a function and a request for R570 000 for a gospel music festival.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.