‘Government ban glossy mags’

2008-11-25 00:00

Cape Town — An IFP Member of Parliament has called on the government to reduce its carbon footprint by phasing out glossy publications.

The IFP’s Ruth Rabinowitz has called the Public Service and Administration Department to task by asking how much it spent on shiny reports and publications in the past financial year.

Responding to Rabinowitz’s questions, Public Service and Administration Minister Masenyani Baloyi said his department spent R239 000 on printing 1 500 copies each of its strategic plan and annual report during the 2007/08 period.

It also spent nearly R185 000 on 2 000 copies each of the strategicplan (R62 590) and annual report (R121 270) for its projects during the year.

Rabinowitz asked the minister whether he would ensure the department monitors and reduces its carbon footprint with immediate effect — and demanded answers to how this will be done.

Baloyi said his department will strive to make use of companies who offer “green” and eco-friendly services to publish official documents. He assured Rabinowitz that the department uses energy-saving techniques where possible.

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