typical large corporate stupidity and the sort of hypocrisy that should result in heads rolling at an executive level
the "healthy bodies = healthy mind" argument applies to the construction of a gym not to spending 15 peoples job on a gym when you are retrenching;
moreover when a company is trimming to core operations - including divesting itself of fixed property and entering into a facilities leasing approach (ironically Telkom is taking to leasing office facilities but cannot understand the leasing of facilities) - and has staff around the country a gym at HQ is ****ing out of sync. Signing contracts to provide for staff with discounted gym membership or membership at a local gym is quite different (it incurs a manageable overhead) to blowing 4 bar on dumbbells.
Staff wellness is important but it isn't accomplished by pet projects of this scale of magnitude, it is accomplished by having wellness facilities - gyms, day care, counselling services, cafeterias - that keep staff happy to be at work - available across the board as part of a general nuturing of human resources which doesn't happen when you have massive uncertainty and a slash and burn retrenchment process happening.