Is this an early April Fool joke?

2018-02-21 06:00
When Umvoti Municipality does go wrong it’s done at huge cost as can be seen with this incorrect oversize calendar and oversize umbrella

When Umvoti Municipality does go wrong it’s done at huge cost as can be seen with this incorrect oversize calendar and oversize umbrella

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A very expensive glossy calendar has been produced by Umvoti Municipality (80 cms high by 56 cms width -nothing small about these guys) with approximately half the space consumed by publicity portraits of the Mayor, deputy Mayor ,Speaker and ID photos of the councillors. And totally wrong dates for the month of April!

Presumably its compulsory for all Umvoti staff to display one on whatever wall space is available as well as Councillors-anyone living in a small home could have a space problem. But lets get down to the main issue. This is a very costly production which ,one assumes, was checked and proofed by Municipal officials who would then have given the printers(Imaginationrepublic) the go ahead and any necessary amendments. This is how all professionals operate to ensure that whatever the product the order is correct so that payment can be paid.

But again, obviously the same official whom the Greytown Gazette suggested in a report last week,must have used a 2017 calendar to insert a Public meeting notice in The Witness on 2nd February ,two days after the meeting had taken place on 31st January ,did it again. That was a wasted expenditure to ratepayers of nearly R6 000.

In the Umvoti Municipality 2018 calendar the entire month of April is incorrect starting with the 1st on a Saturday! The dates published are 2017 - for example 1st April 2017 fell on a Saturday - the 1st 2018 falls on a Sunday but not according to this extremely costly,expensive waste of space calendar!(Note that Good Friday is 30th March and Family day is Monday 2nd April)

But, again, that’s still not all. Obviously the Umvoti Municipality officials and Councillors have been given prior information that it is going to rain...and rain...and still more rain. Together with the calendar, each Councillor, at the meeting on the 31st January, was presented with a big black golf umbrella,featuring not only the Umvoti Municipality logo but also personalised with the Councillor’s name.

To add to the farce - the calendars and umbrellas were presented to each Councillor in an orange rubbish bag -Greytonians have not received Municipal rubbish bags since August.This gross extravagance was not raised for discussion at any Exco or Council meeting and does not appear among the tenders published on the Municipal website. Once again the ratepayers will bear the cost and any guess on just how much this farcical excersize cost? Isn’t about time, some of them actually did something about the non stop flow of their cash from the Municipal coffers.

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