dkm china trip questioned

The Democratic Alliance in Dawid Kruiper municipality has requested the Municipal Manager to facilitate an urgent presentation in respect of an unplanned and uncosted trip to China that was bulldozed through council last week.The party voted against the trip, given the glaring lack of detail of its purpose, the delegation and the cost implications saying no detail of the visit or proposals put forward by the Changsa City delegation, during their visit to Dawid Kruiper on 12 June was given.the party says they do not believe the claim of the municipality that  the aim of the expedition is to foster friendly relations with Changsa City and to explore possible trade and investment opportunities and the promotion of cultural exchanges. No details are provided in respect of what sectors are being targeted, or what specific projects are envisioned. furthermore  the democratic alliance says The planned trip has also not yet been costed This is despite the fact that the cost implications will be carried by the cash-strapped municipality and will cover airfare, meals and transportation, as well as any other incidental costs such as visa applications fees and insurance cover.In addition to calling for an urgent presentation on the trip, the DA has also alerted the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that this international excursion is included in their audit.

Journalist: Rodrick Titus
Email: roderick@radioriverside.co.za

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