Presidency spends 'nearly R18m on catering'

2012-10-20 16:08

Johannesburg - The presidency has spent R17.9m in catering over the past five years, the Saturday Star reported.

According to the paper, the figures were presented by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane, when responding to a parliamentary question.

He was quoted as saying: "The presidency hosted a number of events and activities that required catering and entertainment, including functions, meetings, cabinet lekgotlas, official state visits, cluster meetings, ministerial meetings, national orders ceremonies and hospitality of a similar nature for high-ranking officials within the presidency."

The paper stated that the presidency's spending was however at its lowest this year in comparison to the past five years.

In 2007/8, about R4.1m was spent on catering and R118 220 on entertainment/ In the 2011/12 financial year, R2.7m was spent in catering and R77 698 on entertaining."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has however slammed the presidency and President Jacob Zuma for their spending habits.

DA spokesperson on the presidency Joe McGluwa said he would write to Zuma and urge him to "freeze the presidency's spending on luxuries such as catering and entertainment", he told the paper.

  • SharonE - 2012-10-20 16:12

    Does food taste nicer when you aren't paying for it? I wouldn't know, because I always pay for my food...

      lownabester - 2012-10-20 16:30

      If the dont have bread let them eat cake, Zuma, people are hungry, people are fed-up with you and your corruption, get the hell out of Goverment.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-20 16:38

      Well just paying for the "inlaws" alone is a mil. There have to be doggy bags to take home too!!

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-20 16:40

      People should revolt more and push him out and let him pay back

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-20 16:56

      Like a car you don't have to pay for, it drives better and it's normally nicer than you can personally afford.

      hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-10-20 17:00

      Now can we have a report on the spending of the DA in Western Cape?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-20 17:01

      And where did this food come from? Black farmers or White Farmers and who is going to feed the manguang boykies? Harrods?

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-20 17:08

      Zuma has learned the art of corruption from his Nigerian counterparts though he is still an amateur when compared to them.The Nigerian President Badluck Jonathan spends N1 billion Naira per year on food which translates to R55 million per year. Nigerian Senators (otherwise known as MPs in SA) are the world most paid "parliamentarians" individually earning a minimum of $1.8 million per year.I guess oil money is more abundant than tax payer's money. Can you just imagine if a leader like Helen Zille was in charge of Nigeria with all those resources and wealth at her disposal? Can you imagine how she will greatly improve the infrastructure of the country in every sector? Can you imagine how she will rebuild the nation in such a manner that Nigerians won't want to migrate overseas? Can you imagine how she will promote the country's big brains so that they do not get snatched up by foreign firms? Oh well,i can dream ,can't i? *sighs* Africa where art though???

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-10-20 17:26

      Most corrupted useless President this country had in it's history.

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-20 17:55

      Did they give the leftovers for Malema and Khulubushe to share?

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-10-20 21:09

      If your wives and kids weighed more that 2000kg's together you would have the same bill if they were not allergic to pap.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-10-20 21:45

      Given the amount of time he spends out of the country, I am surprised he has had that much opportunity to entertain anybody at home ...... Unless he entertains whilst overseas - which might explain a lot!

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-20 22:53

      And some people cant afford to purchase a bread. Mmmmm Where are the priorities.????

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-10-21 06:37

      JUst think how much KFC that must be. I think the cares have a big investmentin KFC as well.

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-10-21 10:57

      Dunno but some taxpaying tw-t is paying for it so I might as well have a lot of it and show him the middle finger whilst I chew!!

      KennySven - 2012-10-21 14:11

      That R18,000,000.(Eighteen Million)would have been ok if spent on food the poor.It sounds to me like a lot of money for pap and wors and a few buckets of beer. The cANCer thieves do it again,strawberries to pigs?

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-20 16:21

    These guys certainly know how to rip the system off, even if they havent a clue about anything else.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-20 17:33

      6 wives, at least 21 children and counting, not surprising he spends this amount.

      Soet.Engeltjie - 2012-10-20 17:35

      What happened to their old traditional food pap, vleis, marogo & mague?

      art5SA - 2012-10-21 06:00

      95% of this R18m, is "SPENT ON GRAVY".... Everything is covered and DRIPPING in GRAVY....

      Soet.Engeltjie - 2012-10-21 21:42

      Yeah! I know, it's the gravy train..hehe

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-20 16:22

    Nothing new, we pay - they spend. Wonder what is it that they eat ?

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-20 16:23

    that is five years do you want the presidency to order mcfries for heads of states, kings and queens and members of the diplomatis's tough to be at the top are not the only one as i speak there are hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in the streets of London waving nasty flags against David Cameron

      lownabester - 2012-10-20 16:31

      bongani, how can you compare Cameron to Zuma, a bit dof today????

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-20 17:25

      The auditor-general’s annual report consistently shows Democratic Alliance (DA)-led administrations to be a cut above the rest in administration and service delivery.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-20 17:29

      Bongani, ""that is five years, do you want the presidency to order mcfries for heads of states, kings and queens and members of the diplomatis corps."" So true, it is not a lot of money at all, but all this anti Zuma brigade can think of, that this is just catering for Zuma and his family, While in fact, he and his family might only be responsible of a tiny fraction of this anount. What would be far more interesting, is to find out WHO are the ultimate owners of ', and what vested political interest do they have. There is something very 'fishy' with a news side , who 'continiously' has articles that are soooo anti our President, and hardly any in his favour, and so close to elections !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-20 17:59

      R3.6m a year just for The Presidency. In case Heads of State, Kings and Queens haven't noticed, food is very expensive the world over. Why should they munch like hungry caterpillars through R3.6m of food whilst so many in the world have to eat off rubbish dumps?

      Soet.Engeltjie - 2012-10-20 18:01

      Bongani, nothing wrong with pap, vleis & gravy! Why must they eat caviar etc, while others are starving to death from hunger?

      dave.e.richman - 2012-10-20 18:31

      Erm, Bongani..... Perhaps reading isn't your strong suit, but the folks in London are protesting AGAINST cuts in government spending..... is that simple enough language to get through? Surely even the ANC could grasp the concept of CUTTING government spending?

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-20 18:59

      Bongani, Are you going to delete this post again? If so well unfortunately the record of your lack of thinking will stay. The pattern is clear. Move the costs of spending to different budgets.. So, heads of states, kings and queens and members of the diplomatis corps. (sic) At R300/plate (Which is rich), this means that he has feasted 60 000 people in 5 years. 12 000/year? Which Heads of states/king and queens were these? At 100 people at a time he would have had 120 such events a year! Once every 3 days? Duh........ On 2nd thoughts though, maybe that is why the country is in such a shambles and why he has no time to be a president. All these heads of state, kings and queens taking his time......

      Graham - 2012-10-20 19:35

      Please advise who (of importance) actually visited jelly belly?

      bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-20 20:17

      why can't i compare David Cameron and Jacob Zuma....unless one of them is god....which one shall it be

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-10-20 21:22

      Bongani, one is educated and looks at the interest of the people, the other is an uneducated fool who steals from the people.

      art5SA - 2012-10-21 06:04

      ROFLMAO @ Me-again... WELL SAID!

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-21 08:31

      You know you are wrong. Most of this money is just eaten up by their private functions and day to day actions. Thus it adds no value to the country.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-21 09:28

      How many kings and queens does he entertain??? I don't think JZ is finding it tough at all, he's wallowing in it...

  • beau.schoeman - 2012-10-20 16:23

    They are FATCATS, aren't they?? Just asking!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-20 18:58

      Not the kind of 'FATCATS' which are going to be the alternative to Zuma: Tokyo Sexwale--------Winnie Mandela---------Julius Malema------------ How dumb, ignorant and stupid can one be ?????????????????????????????

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2012-10-20 19:12

      Anthonyfromatree Not any more stupid than you I bet.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 01:47

      Riaan, Just don't say, you were not warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-10-20 16:26

    this country is going to the toilet for the toilet.

  • Amused-Reader - 2012-10-20 16:27

    I am no fan of Zuma and think govt spending on luxuries and salaries is totally excessive BUT R18m over 5 years for a head of state does not actually sound unreasonable.

      Soet.Engeltjie - 2012-10-20 18:14

      Amused-Reader, you are talking a lot of bull here, and you know it! I guess you forgot about the people with no food and no roof over their head.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-10-20 16:28

    I feel so much better knowing now, that my hard earned tax money gets to be spent on the fat cats pooza party's. And to think all along I thought it was used wisely. Silly me.

  • mmenzisco - 2012-10-20 16:28

    DA just makes me laugh. They always antagonistic and probable they even don't look at the facts that are present careful. It's just like having blind brain but eyes and ears still work properly. In 2007/8, about R4.1m was spent on catering and R118 220 on entertainment/ In the 2011/12 financial year, R2.7m was spent in catering and R77 698 on entertaining." The Democratic Alliance (DA) has however slammed the presidency and President Jacob Zuma for their spending habits. DA spokesperson on the presidency Joe McGluwa said he would write to Zuma and urge him to "freeze the presidency's spending on luxuries such as catering and entertainment", he told the paper.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-20 16:58

      @Yebo. I'm glad you find it amusing, but I think the joke's on you. The government spent R4.67 billion on catering, entertainment and travel allowances in 2011: Refers. Yebo Yes.

      kimard - 2012-10-20 17:21

      source???? figment of your anc mind to slam the DA??

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-20 17:27

      ANC makes me cry.....fact

      parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-21 08:32

      Lying is one thing, but putting it in writing makes you truly look stupid.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 16:28

    BLOODY HELL!!! Now he wants the "freeze salaries"? On the other hand, his Zumaville must cost a mint to run. Food prices are not what they where ne? A housewife's lot is difficult on a budget. Seriously, we are in a flood situiation down here in the Eastern Cape; people are running around looking for donations to feed, and house the poor residents of the townships and informal houses, (many of which have been washed away)......all we need is a food parcel of say R20 per to see them through the next few days x 1000....I am almost speechless....

  • zukile.mbengo - 2012-10-20 16:30

    K**k report,how much must he use ?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-20 16:34

      HuH ??

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-20 17:00

      Simple. As much as is left after he has catered for the poor homeless. Then look after the hungry and whats left, he can use for entertainment . I'll donate a can of tuna mr president, you useless ignorant corrupt ..... I ran out of words for you

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-20 17:04

      Please let's have a list of who he has entertained. Please exclude friends and family members. Bet here's no one left then . Travel arrangements and private jets. Yes, bot jets please. I want to see the back up private jets and who was in it. Presumably , a private jet would have a captain and co pilot and possibly a flight engineer (?). Family member and tenderpreneurs excluded . Let's have a list then please.

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-20 20:55

      @zukile...wnat do you think???

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-20 16:31

    Explains the obesity I guess.

      art5SA - 2012-10-21 06:08


  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-20 16:37

    YAY let's PARTY and NOT run the country and while we at it let's forget the poor!!! Now all of you better listen to me very carefully freeze your increases and bonuses indefinitely until we can see something done about poor service delivery you seem to forget you owe some muncipalities a lot of moola and just didn't bother to settle that....oh no food and drink are soooo much better and guess what the taxpayer is paying for it so why not??!!! Oh I may forgive but never forget about the billions stolen from taxpayers over the years and the corruption continues!!! if I see another headline about how much you spent on food and alcohol and more corruption I will start protesting but I can't guarantee it will be non violent one just saying!!!!

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-20 17:05

      Oh before people take the non violent part the wrong way I meant I will take my chiwawa along to the protest and she bites!!!

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-10-20 16:39

    Not fat cats anymore - more likely fat pigs!

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-20 17:54

      @kensong.ben.7 I love this site, in fact I love the diversity of our universe. Where is this "2 millions US $" mentioned exactly ??

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-10-20 21:49

      Kensong worked on R9 / $, not that it was close to the average. It really does not matter what animal you use in the equation, that animal will take it as an insult.

  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-20 16:39

    And then you whant to freeze bonus and increases.

  • teboho.martin.3 - 2012-10-20 16:40

    Wow this man is spending 3.6 million a year and nearly 18million over 5years for cataring ja,and he is callimg for the freeze of salary increase and bonuses I think his dumm.he must stop his bad spending behavior on tax payers cash.he must start to lead by example

  • davy.botha - 2012-10-20 16:41

    Gravy has been riding the tracks openly since the end of apartheid. Nothing new there

  • - 2012-10-20 16:42

    with 4 wifes, why does he need catere? Let the wifes bake the bread and make the pap!!!! or can they not cook at all?????

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-10-20 16:47

      Bread and pap? Only the finest caviar for the presidency.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-20 23:59

      They are to smart to cook, if they can. Tell me which kitchen they will be using.

  • martin.pearce.3762 - 2012-10-20 16:44

    I didn't know that 'smilies' (sheeps heads), pap and gravy cost that much.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-20 16:50

    Soon they will all be eating pap again.

  • hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-10-20 16:59

    Now can we have a report on the spending of the DA in Western Cape?

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-10-20 18:49

      Yes lets see how well managed the western cape is . Im sure it will be a little less extravagant.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-20 21:16

      You suck big time troll (DROLL)

  • chantal.brummer - 2012-10-20 16:59

    Worst is, after meetings platters of food left over are carried to certain offices, stuffed into a fridge, where it gets taken out out days later and simply thrown into trash bins. I know, I used to work there and when I tried to feed hungry people with left over food from meetings, I lost my job!

  • chantal.brummer - 2012-10-20 17:00

    Worst is, after meetings platters of food left over are carried to certain offices, stuffed into a fridge, where it gets taken out out days later and simply thrown into trash bins. I know, I used to work there and when I tried to feed hungry people with left over food from meetings, I lost my job!

      chantal.brummer - 2012-10-20 17:19

      It's okay buddy, ignorance is bliss as I'm stating facts and all you're worried about is 'the real reason' why I got 'fired'. Go on being blind while our tax money gets thrown down tuynhuys and union buidings drains along with flasks of coffee and tea after those meetings....

      chantal.brummer - 2012-10-20 18:31

      Zeepolar, your ignorant comments are boring. If you have nothing constructive to offer, keep your stupid comments to yourself because you're only embarassing yourself. It's got bugger all to do with crime and minority and your whinging about others complaining. Do you even pay your tax like the rest of us!!??. I don't need to make up stories, I was there for 10 years. I rest my case nerd.

  • theuns.strydom - 2012-10-20 17:02

    This should be seen in context,SA cannot afford to spend this kinda money when people have no houses and are starving,Its time to bring these people to account whoever they are,they are stealing from the people who voted them in

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-20 17:05

    Do you want a piece of the Gravy train? Very easy..If you are White, join ANC, have a BIG mouth, be active, leaders will start taking notice of you. When that happens, open a company with African name and those Tenders will start rolling in. If very easy for you as a White person to go on Top compared a black person given the fact that ANC has very few White members. \r\n\r\nIf you are black, you gonna have to go on Top via another route my friend.. Join a White dominated party, talk alot, be active.. Eventually you will be elected into a higher posts. When that happends, switch to the ANC with that STATUS attached. You are guaranteed a position within the ruling party. Open your company too and the rest will be history

  • Jakkals Venter - 2012-10-20 17:06

    Dont warry soon they all going to see the Dokters for colestrol problems ha ha ha stroke peep peep peeeeeeeeep

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-20 17:08

    Spend, eat drink and be merry is what they do very very well while the poor starve but dutifully vote to keep them in power

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2012-10-20 17:13

    this bladdy goverment is relentless, EVERY day ive got to hear about how they squander our hard earned money for their own benefit!

  • spookhuis - 2012-10-20 17:15

    'uck, didn't know that pap cost that much........

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-10-20 17:23

    How does one justify the wastage!!

  • paul.lastrucci - 2012-10-20 17:26

    And it Shows!!! Man it Shows!!

  • erna.speed - 2012-10-20 17:33

    Could it also have gone to wedding receptions??

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-20 17:34

    I think Thuli must investigate this spending.My concern is that our president is very corrupt,perhaps the catering tender might have been awarded to one of their relatives or one of his wives.What can u trust in SA now? What meal is being served there?This Nkandla man is taking us for a ride.Maybe this is just the tip of the iceberg,this guy is corrupt to core.Is this stupidity guys or what?DA must take over now,this is not the promised land guys.He is wasting time in parliament when he should be serving his term in jail.Him and Malema must be in the same cell.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 17:40

      Lol. With or without room-service, Vince?

      Derick.kleyn - 2012-10-20 18:09

      They would most likely get sick in prison,sum sort or terminal disease and be released.then they will make a miraculous recovery hehehehehehe!

      eugene.ncube - 2012-10-20 18:16

      You might have hit the nail on the head there is common practice with in African administrations...there is a lot of indigenous catering and events management companies emerging and tenders for functions and events by government are awarded to these not by merit but by the fact that they have a relative or a friend within. It would be interesting to look at what they charge government for their services...certainly not competitive rates judging by the R18 million government has forked out already!

      eugene.ncube - 2012-10-20 18:27

      They'd probably be room service thing the Prison Services will have an R18 million bill on their laps!!!! These are very enterprising chaps we are dealing with here!

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-20 17:41

    eish the goats and pap are expensive

      khumbulani.khanyile.3 - 2012-10-20 18:14

      why u raised it now. let us be realistic. JZ has been in power for 5 yrs.why now?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-20 17:47

    Today nobody sits in a board room and debates or discusses anything, it always has to be a huge conference or indaba, with the food and drink is never ending. We have heard how they actually stuff food in their pockets. In days gone by, these type of conferences and board room meetings the people only had water, unless it was a long affair wherein a few sandwiches and tea or coffee was serviced.

  • sean.mkhize.1 - 2012-10-20 17:49

    This is compared to what?

  • mullerier - 2012-10-20 17:51

    Was it Marie-Antoinette that said "give them cake"?

  • Michelle Mimi van Zyl - 2012-10-20 17:55

    Well, we should all know that no normal meeting or gathering can be successful without the stuffing of faces or drinking Dom Perignon, in this case that is. There aint no Party like a Jacob Zuma Party!!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-20 17:56

    Zuma seems to have a compulsive addiction to squandering public funds , I reckon he needs pshyciatric help. Addiction can be cured Mr Zuma , get help.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-10-20 18:01

    I'm disgusted. ONLY R 18 Milion?! That does not sound like Zuma. Thought it would be more. Oh well hope you get well soon so you can rape the country some more. Mother's cat!

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-10-20 18:02

    I'm disgusted. ONLY R 18 Milion?! That does not sound like Zuma. Thought it would be more. Oh well hope you get well soon so you can rape the country some more. Mother's cat!

  • Michael - 2012-10-20 18:05

    Presidency host high profile individuals, these folkes can not eat brown bread and chips with mango achar, and then drink water as wash down, whats wrong with us people, why do we critisize every expenditure by presidency.

  • buyisiwe.mhlana - 2012-10-20 18:07

    the DA seems to know a lot about running government. how much should they be spending?

      rohin.jadin - 2012-10-22 06:01

      A lot less considering how many people still live in shacks with no running water.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-20 18:09

    Well, a Zuma, Mandela and a Sisulu offspring trio managed to eat up a mine, surely it runs in the family.. Pigs! May their fat fry for all eternity in hell which is their destiny.

  • michael.heys.3 - 2012-10-20 18:09

    The fat cats know how to waste money. How the poor people would have loved some of that food.

  • infa.johnson - 2012-10-20 18:14

    This is what you get for electing a clueless moron to run the country, just spend as much as you can Mr President

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-10-20 18:23

    They say obesity is a big problem in this country starting with ther government. Let them donate money for the poor and do without all their lavish partying. Why don't they help the poor they are the poor fools who vote them into power anyway!

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-10-20 18:42

    show me one of these toads that is not obese...starting with fat cat jz

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-20 18:55

      That's why I never miss the opening of parliament. It's hilarious to watch these incompetent barrels roll down the red carpet as most of them are too obese to even walk.

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-20 19:04

      Roll on.....

      alwyn.vantonder - 2012-10-20 19:23

      @Irene.buthelezi.. I give you a million thumbs up! I just L-O-V-E your comment!

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-20 21:23

      Cholestrol will get the better of them ......... sooner rather than later. Klomp vetgatte.

  • cemslie - 2012-10-20 18:46

    What a load of very very very expensive CRAP!!! Hahahahaha. Im hardly surprised, actually im sure these numbers are way too low...R77k fpr entertainement in 1 year?? Ya sure that too runs into millions and millions.......and yet, the minions keep voting!!!

  • alwyn.vantonder - 2012-10-20 18:58

    NO, leave him and his fat family to eat until they explode.. hopefully he will choke on a chickenbone while stuffing those shiny cheeks on that ratface of his! They should take a hungry man off the streets while they're confronting fat Zuma in parliament.. then they should ask the poor man how much money he's spend on food during they year.. Then Zuma should explain to the poor man why he's blown R18 million smackeroos on his stuffed family.. Let Zuma explain! Zero Tolerance for the corrupt Zuma!

      Tebogo - 2012-10-21 10:33

      Wow so much anger and hatrid. I bet when the whites were taking our land and violating our human rights u weren't so angry then.\r\n\r\nThe kind of people the president of any nation eats with, eat quality food from the very top. Even Botha and de Klerk ate expensive catering. \It comes with the job\