Cabinet approved R22m flag to bring South Africans together - Mondli Gungubele

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Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele
Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele
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  • Cabinet approved the R22 million flag project in February to promote nation-building.
  • Minister Mondli Gungubele said Cabinet did not consider the costs of the project. 
  • The arts and culture department is reviewing the project, following public outrage. 

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said Cabinet approved the 100m flagpole at Freedom Park in Pretoria in February as a project that would "bring South Africans together". 

"It was not meant to tear us apart," the minister told News24 after the arts and culture department announced it would review the project, following public outrage. 

When Cabinet approved the project, there was no determination on the cost of it, Gungubele said.

"The financial issues were to be separate. Cabinet was not involved with that," he added. 

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Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has since "directed his department to review the process related to the monumental flag in its totality", a department statement indicated.

Gungubele said they appreciate the minister's commitment to address public concerns. 

He added:

We will await the minister's explanation.

Meanwhile, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Sports said the department reported that R1.7 million was spent on geotechnical studies so far.

"The committee was briefed on the concept on Tuesday, when the project was punted for its contribution [to] job creation and diversifying the South African heritage landscape; things which the committee noted," chairperson Beauty Dlulane said.

Dlulane added that the committee did not have an issue with the intention and motivation behind the concept and that figures were still to be presented in more detail to it.

"But the committee is happy that the department has listened to the public sentiment and thus committed to rethink the concept and the figures involved."

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