Metro has spent R53 681 on councillors’ refreshments in three months

NOVEMBER 18, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro spent R53 681.00 on councillors’ refreshments between July and September this year, according to the Operational Efficiency Report. The report will be submitted to the Budget and Treasury Committee when it meets on Wednesday.

The report reveals that the total budget for the current financial year 2014/15 for councillors’ refreshments is R400 000, with the R53 681.00 representing 13% of this.

The municipality also spent R42 785 on entertainment in the first three months of the current financial year, which represents 13% of the total budget of R334 300.

The budget for this item in the last financial year was R390 750, of which R36 995 had been spent after three months.

The metro has combined its Operational Efficiency Plan with the Cost Containment Measures issued in an instruction by National Treasury. This has been adopted by Council.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed last week that the cost containment measures instructions issued by National Treasury are “auditable and this subject to any findings made by the Auditor-General”.

Replying to a question in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Jonas said that Auditor-General “will be auditing compliance” with the National Treasury instruction on cost containment measures.

He also revealed that National Treasury would be “including more specific requirements in respect of the reporting on cost containment measures in its monthly reporting template”.

Among the cost containment measures are a ban on serving refreshments at internal meetings. - metrominutes