KZN heritage board demands more money

2014-03-12 09:59

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Cape Town – KwaZulu Natal’s heritage agency Amafa has been criticised for calling on the government to triple their expenses to pay for attendance fees and travel costs for board members.

Board members of the Amafa agency have voted to have their attendance fees doubled since being appointed in June.

Moreover the board asked the provincial Treasury, halfway into the financial year, to cover their growing cost due to travel expenses and a doubling in board members.

According to the Mercury, Arthur Konigkramer, a board member that has been with Amafa for a number of years, left due to this very issue.

In response to this scandal the heritage agency stated that it had asked for an increase in its budget due to travel expenses and attendance fees. The agency received R100 000 this year and wanted R340 000.

Board member cash

The increase was intended to pay for some of the staff’s travel expenses. Amafa refused to explain where the rest of the money would go and how much would be given to board members.

The Mercury also states that Amafa asked Treasury for an undisclosed sum of money that would be used for a new turnaround strategy and to further develop their infrastructure.

The infrastructure funding was approved by government but the strategy funding was denied, according to Amafa.

It was expected that Amafa’s budget would be increased as their board had increased in size, but it was not expected that travel fees and attendance costs would also have to be doubled.

Board members received a R750 allowance on a daily basis.

Members now receive R1 648 according to the Mercury.

The Chairperson of Amafa used to get a daily allowance of R1 200 but now receives is R2 880.

Amafa is responsible for the upkeep of various historical, cultural and heritage sites in the KwaZulu Natal area. Such area’s include Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, numerous burial sites and even the Emakhosini Valley.

An Amafu source said that the call for more money from Treasury should be used to save historical buildings and monuments that are crumbling from disrepair.

Acting CEO Lindiwe Msomi declined to comment on the report by the Mercury and is currently waiting for a media release that will address these issues.
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