Cape Town – The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the clampdown on mayoral gravy trains and other wasteful expenditure by municipalities on the instruction of Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni.
“This is the best news we’ve had in weeks,” said Geoff Jacobs, president of the chamber. “Nearly two-thirds of our municipalities are dysfunctional or in financial distress and it is high time that firm action was taken.”
Jacobs said further evidence of municipal failures was the fact that they owed Eskom R17 billion.
He welcomed the ban on free drinks at council meetings; restrictions on catering; limiting entertainment expenses for qualifying officials to just R2 000 a year; the ban on credit cards linked to municipal accounts; and only economy class tickets for flights.
“Perhaps the most important change is the restriction on the use of expensive consultants, often to do work that should be done by well-paid municipal officials.