Sunday, May 16, 2010

MCM Spends Thousands on Bafana Soccer Jerseys!

In the months before handing over control of MCM to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Department of Environmental Affairs spent R144 000 on 402 Bafana Bafana soccer jerseys for MCM staff using MLRF funds! That worked out to R358 a jersey!

What makes this spending spree even more criminal is that since DAFF took control of MCM on 1 May, it has emerged that within 15 days of the financial year, MCM has no more money for any further fisheries research surveys for the 2010 season. This means that critical annual surveys for hake, pelagics, lobsters, mackerel, abalone etc are not going to take place. It is also apparent that MCM has no funds for any significant compliance strategy.

At least we know what MCM's previous leadership under Mayekiso and then Razeena Omar (the Acting DDG of MCM) considered a priority. After all why spend any funds on fisheries management when you can spend it on Adidas Bafana Bafana soccer jerseys!

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