It won’t be business as usual in Nelson Mandela Bay following the prohibition of all business and first class domestic air travel for city officials and public representatives in the metro.
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Athol Trollip made this known in a statement released on Sunday.
The DA mayor who toppled the ANC traditional base metro in the municipal election stressed that the decision was taken in order to save R100m in its first 100 days in office; which would be channelled towards improving service delivery and creating jobs.
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“In an ongoing effort to cut costs; I have issued an instruction to prohibit all Business and First Class domestic air travel for Nelson Mandela Bay officials and public representatives,” Trollip said in a statement.
He added that officials travelling for the purposes of city business would now only use the economy class because “under previous administrations; an excessive amount of money was spent on luxurious travel instead of on service delivery.”
Addressing the metro’s officials and public representative; Mayor Trollip reminded them that gone are the days when millions of rands are lavish on business and first class travels.
In a bid to curtail huge expenses during officials travels; the mayor said travel arrangements will be coordinated well in advance so as to secure the lowest possible fares; and that this will be negotiated with the city’s current service providers.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma, on Saturday; toed the line of some prominent government officials; when he flew SAA in his latest visit to the US.
Zuma’s decision to fly the National Airline was widely accepted and commended by opposition parties; who asserted that doing so would definitely cut unnecessary costs.
The Congress of the people (Cope), said it was evident that President Zuma enjoyed the flight; since the president affirmed that he enjoyed the excellent hospitality and had a restful and pleasant journey.