Half a million taxpayer money spent on gifts

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) said in a statement that the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) spent close to half a million rand on gifts but fails to assist aspiring sports, arts and cultural talent to compete on the international stage.

According to the annual report for this financial year, the money had been spent on condolence items for the bereaved families of employees and stakeholders who passed away  or were in hospital. The amount doubled in the latest financial year as opposed to the 2017/18 financial year.

The DA stated in the press release: “while we sympathise with those that have lost loved ones, an amount of almost half a million cannot be spent on condolence items and gifts, while the department is lagging behind on many projects and mostly failing to provide much needed assistance to  aspiring talent.

The department failed to assist talented dancer and choreographer, Oscar Buthelezi, to travel to Germany for the Hanover Choreography Competition where he scooped three awards. The Department’s reasons for not supporting him was that it does not fund international competitions, only local projects. However, then Buthelezi won the awards, the Department took credit for supporting him.

The same applies to car spinner, Stacy-Lee May. She is  representing South Africa at the Mountain Dew Extreme Sports Festival in Pakistan from 17 September until 17 November. She had to resort to crowd funding.



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