Cosatu Says Cape Govt’s R50m Advertising Budget Is A ‘Fruitless And Wasteful Expenditure Of Public Funds’


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has demanded the National Treasury to stop the City of Cape Town and the provincial government from spending R50 million of public funds on advertising.

Tony Ehrenreich, the provincial secretary of Cosatu slammed the provincial government and the City of Cape Town for their advertising budget of R50 million, pointing out that the money ought to be spent on the urgent needs of the people.

Speaking, Ehrenreich described the R50 million advertising Budget as a “fruitless and wasteful expenditure of public funds”.  To him, “every time a new advert is heard or seen, it’s a waste of precious funding that could have changed a child’s life, with better education opportunities.”

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To buttress his argument, he referred to one “Premier & Mayor’s show” radio program and commented that the program’s talks about potholes in roads and lights that aren’t functioning where as the R100,000 spent on the program could have been used to build a house.

Also, he argued that while newspaper advertisements talk of MyCiti bus schedules,  the money used to pay for the adverts could’ve bought a bus for the Cape Flats where there are no MyCiti routes, Fin24 reports.

“This R50m is spent on advertising and radio shows that negate the belt-tightening that our country is going through,” Ehrenreich lamented and iterated thus; “clearly these advertisements are inappropriate expenditure at this time when money must be prioritized for social injury in our communities.”

From the foregoing, Cosatu highlighted the under-listed as what the R50 million advertising budget could have been spent on.

  1. Building 400 homes for people in need of housing in backyards and informal settlements;
  2. Distributing iPads to 50 000 learners in poorer schools in the Western Cape;
  3. Upgrading the 5 000 classes in poorer schools; and
  4. Assisting 10 000 drug addicts with rehabilitation facilities.

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