Departments spend R8.2-million on advertising in New Age

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 20, 2015

Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Michael Masutha, has confirmed that the department spent almost R1.5-million on advertising in The New Age newspaper between 2011 and 2014.

According to Fin24, the minister’s acknowledgement on a questions posted by Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Justice, and former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) senior official, Glynnis Breytenbach, brings the total amount spent to R8.2-million and the number of government departments to six.

The article stated that the department had approved the spending of R1 409 525 through the Government Connection and Information Services (GCIS) on the government connected Gupta family newspaper, and that an additional recruitment ad worth R18 400 was placed in the paper during June 2013.

Last week, Higher Education Minister Blaze Ndzimande confirmed that his department pumped over R2-million into the paper, after it was reported that payments towards breakfast sessions hosted by the paper, came from the Department of Energy (R1.87-million), Trade and Industry (just over R2-million plus an additional R258 000 for ads on the National Empowerment Act), Science and Technology (R484 000) and Rural Development and Land Affairs (R180 000).

The latest findings comes after DA Shadow Minister for Communications, Gavin Davis, accused Communications Minister Faith Muthambi of wasteful expenditure after it was discovered in January, that her department spent over R10.2-million on advertising in The New Age during 2013/2014, which accounted for 11.2% of government advertising across 248 publications.

 

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