The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) Tshwane Region has noted with shock and disappointment media reports of the R65 million spent on the failed Tribe One Festival. We have further learned that the City has paid Nicki Minaj a non-refundable amount of R10 million. This disappointment should be understood on the basis of our own local talent who continuously face hardships and exploitation.
Whilst SAMWU believes that the City of Tshwane has a responsibility to market itself, the money spend on such initiatives must be interpreted in context of service delivery challenges facing Tshwane residents.
SAMWU cannot therefore keep quiet and observe the blowing of money whereas workers are not paid their overtime as the city claims there is no enough budget to pay workers what is due to them. We therefore call for the city to review and do more thorough introspection about its own system of spending money on such initiatives and instead invest more on building a state with capacity to deliver and further account for such services.
SAMWU views this as wasteful expenditure and gly condemns this procurement of foreign artist’s services whilst our own local communities are facing challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequalities
. Young South Africans cannot on daily basis be subjected to an ideological onslaught that promotes a culture that portrays American singers as better than local artists. We call on the City of Tshwane to rather spend money on creating decent jobs for our own residents.
SAMWU notes the intention of the City to take the matter to court in settling the issue with event organizers. We call on the City to investigate how this initiative was financed as we suspect that there might have been some collusion between officials and companies organizing the event. This could have been a deliberate intention to enrich some individuals at the expense of community development.
Issued By SAMWU Tshwane Region
For more info:
Mpho Tladinyane: Regional Secretary: 083 941 5888
Nkhetheni Muthavhi: Regional Chairperson: 073 375 9645
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions