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Kimberley service providers still waiting for ANC birthday bash payments

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A meeting was held on Tuesday where service providers were requested “to be patient” due to a shortage of funds.

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SERVICE providers that were contracted to assist in hosting the ANC 108th anniversary celebration bash in Kimberley in January, are reportedly still owed millions of rand in outstanding payments.

An estimated 25 000 people attended the event and all guest houses and accommodation facilities in Kimberley and surrounding areas were fully booked months before the time. 

A meeting was held on Tuesday where service providers were requested “to be patient” due to a shortage of funds. 

Some service providers who received part payment pointed out that five months down the line they were still waiting for the accounts to be settled.  

“Businesses such as guest houses and caterers that have been closed during the lockdown are struggling, as they are not able to operate and are in dire need of payment for services that were rendered,” the service providers said.

Certain businesses providers indicated that they had demanded an upfront payment before providing any services. 

“Although payment took a long time we eventually received payment. Small businesses and those who agreed to accept payment after the event will most likely have the biggest fight in getting their accounts settled,” one service provider said. 

The spokesperson for the ANC in the Northern Cape, Tshepo Louw, explained on Wednesday that the ANC was a non-profit organisation and that the Covid-19 lockdown had made it difficult to fund-raise.

“The organisation depends on sympathetic funders to fund its programmes. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult for the ANC to fund-raise and caterers have always been put in the loop.”