The R180 million spent by the City of Tshwane on a free Wi-Fi project had been “red-flagged as unlawful and irregular expenditure by the Auditor General”, according to a report by News24.
“This was revealed during Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga’s feedback on his first 100 days in office in Pretoria,” stated the report.
The free Wi-Fi project was reportedly paid for by grant funding – under a section of the Municipal Finance Management Act – meant for non-profit organisations and charities.
“The non-profit company linked to the deal is called Project Isizwe.”
“Last month the Auditor General informed the new DA-led city government that all city money spent on free Wi-Fi therefore constitutes irregular expenditure.”
The report stated that the city also cannot continue to fund the free Wi-Fi project by itself.
Member of the mayoral committee for corporate and shared services Cilliers Brink said the DA “really wants to save” the project, and one of the potential solutions was to sell digital advertising space on the Wi-Fi’s interface menu.