It has been revealed that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi allowed five entities under her to incur travel expenses that cost SA taxpayers almost R19 million.
The revelation was made when Communication Minister availed the details of the domestic and international trips undertaken by five entities under her department’s watch.
She was responding to a parliamentary question tabeld by Democratic Alliance’s Choloane Matsepe.
Minister Muthambi disclosed that the SABC board and senior management embarked on 51 international trips. Out of that, 31 were categorized as business class travel and they cost almost R2.7 million.
Generally, SABC’s travel bill amounted to R5.6 million. Below is a breakdown of the broadcasting corporation’s total travel bill:
- SABC board travelled overseas in business class four times at the cost of R585 067.
- Also, the board made eight domestic trips in business class at the value of R465 491
- SABC senior managers made 35 international trips, 15 were in business class and the cost was R1.023 million.
- Again, SABC senior managers in the 2015/16 financial year, made 12 international trips in business class at the cost of R1.091 million.
- In the same financial year, SABC board undertook 33 domestic. All, except one was in business class and the cost was R312 996.
- The corporation’s senior management also made 179 domestic trips. 60 were business class journey and the cost was R1.9 million.
The remaining four entities under the watch of Communications also made robust international and domestic travels. The cost breakdown of these travelling are as highlighted below.
- Brand South Africa: R3.4m;
- Film and Publication Board: R4.3m;
- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa: R4.2m
- The Media Development and Diversity Agency: R1.4m
It’s important to note that the travel expenses highlighted is for the past two financial years.