ALTHOUGH Youth Day was nearly three months ago, the Greytown Gazette reporter thought it would be of interest to Umvoti residents to have a look at the actual cost of this one-day event in King Edward Park, which was only made known to the public at large when a series of glossy, expensive posters were put up during the week.At the Exco meeting held on 28 August the Supply Chain Management report, UME 74(4) for the quarter was tabled. In terms of Regulation 36 of the SCM regulations “the accounting officer is permitted to dispense with the official procurement processes” in urgent and emergency cases and to report for condonation to the next council meeting. The document under the heading “Person responsible (committed irregular expenditure)” listed in each instance were the MM and CFO (at that time acting MM was M.F. Maphanga and acting CFO Sphindile Ngiba).In April and June a total of R798 750 was paid to Rilawell for renovations to the mayor’s residence in Cooper Street (be interesting to know what the valuation of this property is now).The total spent and condonation sought on catering for Youth Day, Umvoti Women’s Forum launch and maidens in the quarter totalled R234 620.The breakdown of “urgent or emergency” spending of R503 000 for Youth Day - this included R85 000 on keynote speaker, R135 000 on a marquee, R110 000 on artists and R70 000 to hire a stage, and more.R94 185.89 was spent and condonation was required on the hiring of photocopy machines.In the quarter referred to more than R7 million was spent on these so-called “urgent or emergencies” - probably some were real emergencies but, as a matter of considerable interest to ratepayers, how do the responsible officials account for the Youth Day and the mayor’s house expenditure, etc.?