NMB mayor cuts travel costs in bid to save R100m

Officials’ll fly economy class following Mayor Trollip’s promise to save R100m in first 100 days in office.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip. Picture: Youtube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip says officials will no longer be allowed to travel business or first class when flying locally.

Trollip made the decision following his promise to secure R100 million in savings in his first 100 days in office.

The municipality's Kristoff Adelbert says officials will only be able to travel economy class at the cheapest fares possible.

"The mayor has decided to prohibit all business and first class travel for officials and public representatives. Under previous administrations, lots of money was spent on luxurious travel. Those days are over, we want to re-channel more to service delivery, growing the economy and to create jobs."

The implementation of these cost cutting measures comes just weeks after another Democratic Alliance mayor, Tshwane's Solly Msimanga, turned back 10 luxury vehicles which had been ordered for officials in the previous administration.

Msimanga also banned the purchase and leasing of luxury vehicles.

The cars are said to have cost an estimated R5 million.

The Tshwane mayor has also pressed charges against three senior officials after uncovering hidden forensic reports relating to expenditure, exceeding R90 million, for the renovation of City Hall and the former mayor's official residence.