This will be the third “reckless spending” dissatisfaction coming from this municipality within one month. The municipality as learnt, will be spending R450,000 for breakfast and dinner abroad.
James Nxumalo, the Mayor and a delegate of six officials will be traveling to Sydney, Australia to have the dining that will cost R450,000 come April.
Reporting this, News24 disclosed that it is expected of the delegates to leave Durban on the 9th of April and return on the 13th of the same month. While it was related that the dinner will be co-hosted by South Africa’s High Commissioner to Australia, Sbu Ndebele, on April 11; the breakfast will take place the next morning.
Speaking, Tozi Mthethwa – eThekwini municipality spokesperson said the abroad-dine was planned to enable the municipality generate useful advice on how to grow eThekwini’s economy.
As revealed from the municipality’s executive council meeting agenda, the executive council of the municipality decided in April 2015 to assist in the hosting of the 17th African Renaissance Festival. The dinner and breakfast as gathered is part of the plans for the festival. Mthethwa nevertheless stated that the council is yet to approve the trip.
Zwakele Mncwango, DA’s eThekwini caucus leader said it’s surprising for the municipality to have another wasteful spending issue in such a short time-frame. “The problem with the cruise was that there were too many people going and it was a waste of money. It’s the same thing here,” Mncwango commented.
Similarly NFP councillor Bongiwe Mtshali said there’s no need to send delegates to Australia for just a dinner and a breakfast. “I understand that we are preparing for the Commonwealth Games and we need to market our city, but we are supposed to be cutting costs as mandated by national. The costs are too high,” Mtshali wailed.
However, Mdu Nkosi IFP’s Councillor stated that nothing is “wrong with budgeted events. The trouble comes when the City just spends money recklessly. This is not wasteful expenditure because we want Durban and KwaZulu-Natal to be known worldwide.”