Less cash for events

2015-09-04 10:06
Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela (Kailene Pillay)

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CITY councillors have warned municipal managers to beware of sponsoring events in the city following an influx of requests for funding from the council.

DA executive committee member Bill Lambert told mayor Chris Ndlela and municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi the council should “exercise caution” when agreeing to sponsor events.

“We cannot be dishing out money willy-nilly. We must also check and verify if the money is used for these specific requests, and that the prices they are quoting are legitimate,” he said.

Lambert’s comments came after the Isimilo saMafunze traditional ceremony raised eyebrows at the executive committee (Exco) meeting yesterday when a traditional council requested over R650 000 sponsorship for an event held at the beginning of August.

The money was said to have been used for items including hiring tables and chairs, and catering.

The traditional ceremony is an annual event that prepares maidens for the Reed Dance hosted by King Goodwill Zwelithini.

DA Exco member Judith Lawrence asked why the council should sponsor “unnecessary” needs such as decor.

“Surely it is not necessary for council to sponsor stage decor? I don’t think it is even necessary for the event. These requests for sponsorships need to be scrutinised before we just agree to sponsor them,” she said.

A report stated that the traditional council had requested R5 000 for the stage.

Mayor Ndlela and municipal manager Nkosi agreed that sponsorships should be looked at carefully.

“In future, the municipality must focus on sponsoring core events. We must look at the focus of the event and what impact will it have on Msunduzi,” said Ndlela.

The mayor added that questions such as “where does the purpose of this event take us?” and “who will it benefit?” should be asked before agreeing to sponsorship.

The report stated the objective of the Isimilo saMafunze ceremony is to enhance the existence of the Zulu culture, to sensitise the youth about HIV and Aids, to promote a healthy ­lifestyle, and to encourage the youth to abstain from sexual activities.

The Exco agreed that the sponsorship of the ceremony was excessive and reduced the amount to R500 000.

THE Isimilo saMafunze traditional council had asked the city to sponsor the following:

• 5 000-seater marquee — R220 000

• Stage — R5 000

• 5 000 chairs — R25 000

• Chair covers — R1 000

• VIP catering — R30 000

• Mass catering — R275 000

• 4 mobile toilets — R3 200

• 2 VIP toilets — R8 000

• 5% management fee — R27 800

• 14% VAT — R81 732

Total: R676 732

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