SPEECH: Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town – An embarrassing shambles

The ACDP supports the recommendations.  Indeed it is an honour for the City to host this event.

However I wish to raise these concerns:

CT was selected as Host City on 11 October 2013.

Therefore, funding for this item should have been secured through the ordinary budgeting process concluded in May 2014.  Yet no such item appeared

It’s a massive embarrassment to the City that officials have only woken up at this late stage and after much rushing around, only now propose on pg 74, that to fund the R10m, funding allocated in May 2014 to some very important and long standing events including the Jazz Festival, Discovery Big Walk and switching on of Festive Lights – be reduced

And – on pg 75 – as funding is secured though the sponsorship programme, the funds raised will be allocated to the projects funding was reallocated from…

It’s vital, Speaker, that these very worthy events, many of which have great economic benefits to Cape Town, NOT be penalised because of the tardiness of officials.  To penalise these events is to penalise the organisers ….and the Capetonians… , indeed all the attendees at these events – many of whom travel from upcountry and the rest of Africa to attend these events.

But this is inevitable – unless it appears as a resolution of council in the recommendations, and is implemented accordingly

I therefore move that a new recommendation be added on page 67 – as bullet (h) being the wording directly taken from page 75:

“As funding is secured though the sponsorship programme, the funds raised will be allocated to the projects funding was reallocated from.”

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