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The City of Tshwane, which will host and sponsor the 2008 Metro FM Awards to the tune of R8 million, has received both brickbats and bouquets from opposition parties and a public service watchdog body.
Opposition parties are up in arms over the generous amount set aside for the bash.
Freedom Front Plus MP Willie Spies said the money could have been used to improve the lives of residents. Among these are:
l Build 300 RDP houses;
l Pay salaries for an additional 20 metro police officers; or
l Tar the roads in Mamelodi, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Hammanskraal.
"These are some of the priorities for the city that clearly outweigh the dining and wining on a single night," Spies said.
Natasha Michaels, DA chief whip in the council, said black areas had crime problems that needed immediate action.
"Muggings and housebreakings are worsened by the lack of development in these areas.
"The streets are dark and criminals take advantage of this. The money could come in handy in these areas," Michaels said.
Council spokesman Console Tleane said the city would gain at least R18 million from publicity.
He said the city must host at least two major national and international events a year.
"The Metro FM awards will be one of the major events that we will strive to host.
"The city will receive a huge mileage from the exposure," Tleane said, adding that the city built houses, developed townships and combated crime every day.
Derrick Luyt of the Public Service Accountability Monitor said the city might see an important return for the investment.
"The expected returns could be a major boost for the city," he said.
The awards will be held at the Hatfield Arena on November 29.