City of Tshwane's iPad splurge

2012-06-24 17:03

Pretoria - South Africa’s biggest municipality is shopping for hundreds of the latest technological gadgets – and cocking a snoot at National Treasury in the process.

Documents in the possession of City Press show the City of Tshwane has issued a tender to buy 1 260 gadgets, ranging from iPads to Samsung Galaxy tablets.

A source in the municipality who asked not to be named said the gadgets were for Tshwane’s 210 councillors, executives and other senior managers. The high-end shopping spree directly contravenes a December 14 directive from National Treasury.

Treasury ordered municipalities to stop “non-priority expenditure, excessive councillor and staff perks such as luxurious mayoral cars and houses, notebooks, iPads and cellphones, travel and subsistence allowances”.

According to the tender document, the City of Tshwane is in the market for 250 iPads, 100 ASUS Eee Slate Windows tablets, 100 Dell Streak Android tablets, 30 Motorola XOOM tablets, 30 Archos 9 tablets, 100 BlackBerry PlayBooks, 150 Fujitsu Lifebooks, 100 HP slate tablets, 50 Netbook Navigators, 50 Notion Ink - ADAM tablets, 100 Samsung Galaxy tablets, 100 Toshiba Portégé and 100 ViewSonic Viewpads.

Tshwane is not the first municipality to buck Treasury’s instructions: in March, the cash-strapped Dr Ruth Mompati District Municipality bought 33 iPads for its 12 councillors and senior bosses.

City of Tshwane communications executive director Nomasonto Ndlovu promised to respond to questions over a two-week period, but did not.

Treasury spokesperson Bulelwa Boqwana also didn’t respond.

  • melania.nel - 2012-06-24 17:42

    Nice! 6 gadgets per person. Do they even know what a tablet is? Why all the notebooks and laptops with it? May I introduce a tender for shoulderbags to hold all the nice goodies? Maybe 6 bags each?

      Benn - 2012-06-25 05:15

      They think that they are ordering asprins for the head(eish) ache!

  • Walter Bland - 2012-06-24 17:45

    this will be the most expensive coffee cup place mat in South Africa

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-24 17:50

    Oh yeah! Spend the tax money, screw the tax payer, they're rich and will give you lots more of tax money to spend.

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-06-24 17:55

    New24 is more focused on Anc runned municipalities, especialy at their worst.

      Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-24 18:02

      You're right! Because that's where the wastage, neglect and incompetence to the detriment of the ratepayers and residents happen day after day after day nauseam and sad fact is, there are so many of thse ANC run municipalities in this category - just study the parkiamentary reports of late. Can't deny the facts. So, you and I have to hope for better, much better because you and I as South Africans derserve so much better!

      terry.burne - 2012-06-24 18:14

      I think you misspelt here - "news 24 is more focused on ANC ruined municipalities....."

      Erna - 2012-06-24 18:31

      The anc-run municipalities make it so easy for News24 to run them down!

      Tony - 2012-06-24 22:05

      Because there are so many

      John - 2012-06-25 00:19

      They ignored direct instructions from treasury you biased dumb*ss!!!! Wake up!!

      Wayne - 2012-06-25 09:33

      @mavhungu vincent - its the media's job to uncover these type of shennanigans. If it so happens that ANC run councils are being exposed for their profligacy and waste of tax payers money, then so be it. There is nothing stopping the media (or you) from identifying any discrepancies in DA or other party run councils.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-06-25 10:00

      @Terry - ANC 'runned' and ANC 'ruined' is the same thing :D So I think Mavhungu was 100% in his/her spelling.

  • Lloyd - 2012-06-24 17:58

    nou gaan dit darem lekker...

  • Likeitis Insa - 2012-06-24 17:59

    I think these ipad is used for the iperiod. Or better pronounced ......ipeereeodd. Eiiish

  • Panayoti Stavrinos - 2012-06-24 18:06

    when will the raping of the country stop?

      Irene - 2012-06-24 19:08

      When there's a new government and the cANCer is overthrown. Until then, it will NEVER change.

      Koos - 2012-06-25 05:31

      When the educated masses outnumber the uneducated masses.

  • pgmdesouza - 2012-06-24 18:07

    I wonder how many of those individuals that the gadgets are meant for have the technological savvy to make full use of those gadget's capabilities to produce or initiate services that will be felt at the grassroots level. I'm guessing the city stands to lose lots of manhours to the social networks.

      gailcarolynhayes - 2012-06-25 09:36

      It's for their illegitimate offspring in the private schools so they can be educated without feeling like poor cousins. THEY will know what to do with them don't you worry.

  • Lance Pooley - 2012-06-24 18:13

    This is just another example of wasting our tax money. The money spent here should rather be spent on education. Education is the only way this country will improve!!

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-06-25 10:02

      They don't give a crap about education. Most of their voters are un-educated. They have done the math.

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-06-24 18:13

    It is saddening that such officials are holding office of leadership ,officials dragging the name of anc in the mud because of the love of material not of serving are a disgrace to the party -bucreautic control of some form in spending should be in place stripping off the powers that municipalities possess in finance

  • des.cider - 2012-06-24 18:16

    Methinks that I will particpate in the forthcoming rates strike.

      Irene - 2012-06-24 19:09


  • Erna - 2012-06-24 18:23

    Is there no end to their greed? And I bet you most of these officials haven't the faintest what to use them for, before giving them to their kids. And teachers have to pay for their own laptops!

      omonaija - 2012-06-24 19:24

      They will probably sell them on Gumtree to score some extra cash for their weekend booze fest.

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-24 18:35

    Now this is way overboard, what happened to good old pc's? so they don't plan to be in the expensive rented offices?

      omonaija - 2012-06-24 19:22

      No they don't! They will probably be using the tablets to watch porn with their girlfriends and boyfriends in the presidential suites of 5 star hotels during office hours courtesy of the generous taxpayers.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-24 18:39

    pointless toys given to brainless morons with neither the skills nor intelligence to use them for anything more than playing solitaire and surfing porn.

      lownabester - 2012-06-24 18:43

      My point too. Idiots the lot of them.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-24 18:43

    Do they know how to use it????? I guess not. Plate mats here we come.

  • malusi.shumane - 2012-06-24 18:50

    I tnk it's high time we, as bloggers, came out in public n show our grievances on d street with a united voice. Enaf z enaf

      Irene - 2012-06-24 19:10

      Change your vote. Easy.

  • Lindelwa - 2012-06-24 18:57

    When will the corrupt ANC government stop bleeding our country dry? They just can't get enough of raping and looting the resources of our country!! Worst scum bags walking this earth!!

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-06-24 19:23

    More money down the drain. Just because we want to be "fancy".

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-24 20:07

    i know of a third municipality and it is a poverty stricken area! The idiots can barely use a damn laptop! This is so annoying when there are people to bed on empty stomachs and people living in areas without the most basic services. I think it's high stopped airing our grievances on websites and took it to the street (no property damages though)

      mark.taitz.5 - 2012-06-24 21:11

      It's high time you took your grievances to the ballot box and get them out of their cushy jobs!

  • jcoetzee1975 - 2012-06-24 21:48

    I could -maybe- understand it if it was one make and model or at least a single brand... but there is no sense to buy cross platform like that, it makes managing warranties and repairs a nightmare. Nevermind spending the poor people's money.

  • thabang.t.makgalemele - 2012-06-24 22:37

    yay! The ANC found another way on how to spend/waste taxpayer's money. What happened to the 'good ol paper and pen mare...

  • bernard.bracka - 2012-06-24 22:42

    Tell me how many electronic bursaries that money could have made or number of waste collecting trucks or a new tar road in a township called mamelodi or the potholes. If Jacob Zuma doesnt exit with his cronies im going to vote for DA twice or more if thats possible.

  • dziewiecki - 2012-06-24 23:35

    I'm all for them getting the gadgets if it will make them more productive and make the municipality work better as everyone (except those working or responsible) agrees that they are no where near efficient. However why buy so many different brands that are not compatible with each other or the systems running at the municipality and will end up just being used to waste more time and decrease the employees effectiveness. To add my personal opinion i do not believe most of the intended recipients even have an idea how to use these gadgets in a productive manner. Does this mean that the tax payer will now have to pay for a trip to the Bahamas for all these executives to learn how to use these toys?

  • RoryKlein - 2012-06-25 00:19

    What I dont understand is why the need for so many different types of pads and notebooks? Surely it would make more sense if they had ordered 1250 ipads instead of all these different types. I work in the IT industry and from a support/application point of view we talking R100 000 of money going to be wasted to get all these devices to work with the an central application. Sure most of the use android etc but still it is going to be a learning curve ..... and as I saw earlier all I can see these devices being used for is Angry Birds or Music!

  • Juan - 2012-06-25 03:52

    This is criminal but *sigh* what else is new, moving on..........

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-06-25 09:54

    Who is thinking with his/her butt here?

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