Nafcoc goes begging

2010-08-08 08:25

Johannesburg - The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) is broke.

Head office is proffering a begging bowl to provincial constituencies for a bail-out.

This is after the head office has spent R1m on the latest black S350 CDI Mercedes-Benz for its president, Lawrence Mavundla.

This expenditure in turn comes after another spree of spending on cars in November, when the office bought a fleet of 13 Toyota Hilux double cabs and two Nissan Navaras worth R5m.

The Toyota Hiluxes were acquired for the presidents of Nafcoc’s provincial and sectoral structures.

One of the Navaras went to Nafcoc’s Mpumalanga president, Sydney Kunene, and the other to Mavundla.

June salaries for Nafcoc administrative staff were paid a week late, and invoices sent to Nafcoc by some firms supplying it with services and products have not been settled.

Nafcoc’s bi-monthly internal newspaper, Kgwebo, last published in April, has not been seen since then.

A source with intimate knowledge of Nafcoc’s finances, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the current administration had already used up the R10m allocated to it last November by its investment arm, Nafhold.

That November was the month in which Mavundla overthrew his predecessor, Buhle Mthethwa.

The source said the money formed part of a R20m tranche allocated by Nafhold to Nafcoc in 2006 for a five-year period.

Half of that money was used by Mthethwa’s leadership between 2006 and November 2009, about three years.

The other R10m, allocated when the Mavundla leadership took over, was depleted before the new administration had been in office for even a year.

It is understood that Nafhold turned down the Mavundla leadership’s request for extra funding because the leadership could not account for how R10m had been spent in such a short time.

Nafhold’s refusal to release extra money appears to be the final straw that broke relations between Nafcoc’s head office and Nafhold, and the investment arm is now being liquidated.

Although six presidents of Nafcoc provincial structures this week confirmed on record that there was a financial crisis, only one said his constituency would help.

News of Nafcoc’s financial crisis comes amid speculation that the small business chamber is involved in negotiations to acquire a 30% stake of The Employment Bureau of Africa (Teba) Bank.

Nafcoc Limpopo president Isaac Masekwameng said the constituency would offer to contribute to the bail-out.
Dan Mbuli, the secretary-general of Nafcoc Free State, said his constituency would not provide bail-out cash until the national leadership provided financial records showing where the R10m had gone.

“We need to get a detailed breakdown of what happened to their budget allocation before we can offer them any money,” said Mbuli.

He added that head office had failed to consult with its constituencies before getting involved in acquisition talks with Teba Bank.

“Proper consultations and research should be conducted before any talks with Teba Bank can continue,” Mbuli said.


He also expressed concern that Pinky Mkhize, Nafcoc’s second vice-president, was suspended during Women’s month.

“We want Mkhize, Nafcoc’s most senior female leader, to be reinstated as soon as possible, as this is embarrassing to our organisation,” he said.

Matsie Matsie, Nafcoc’s North West president, declined to comment.

“This matter should be handled internally,” he said.

Nafcoc Mpumalanga’s Kunene said that Mpumalanga still had to decide what to do about a bail-out.

Mkhize, who is also the KwaZulu-Natal chair, said that her province would not be throwing any money into the hat.
Nafcoc’s Western Cape president, Mongezi Memani, declined to comment.

On Friday, Mavundla denied that the chamber was broke.

“Where are you picking up this crap?” he asked. “Nafcoc is not broke and the only time our personnel were paid late was after we took over last November.”

He refused to be drawn on the acquisition talks involving Teba Bank.

“Even if Nafcoc was about to acquire Teba Bank, where were you going to fit this good development among the rubbish you are busy writing?” Mavundla said.

- City Press

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  • Global - 2010-08-08 10:33

    It seems everyone wants to spend before someone else has a chance. The buck stops with the FD...

  • Charles - 2010-08-08 11:05

    This is such a sad story. One would expect officials to understand stewardship and the principle of making it last, not gobbling it all up as quickly as possible. Millions of ordinary South Africans just see this as greed and some know that greed leads to poverty. Poverty to lawlessness. Lawlessness to moral, financial and social bankruptcy. Just look North. Oh dear.

  • Duncan - 2010-08-08 11:12

    This does not bode well for so called educated business leaders. They should be setting an example as how to show fiscal discipline rather than showing us all there pure self entitlement!

  • Alfred - 2010-08-16 12:58

    It is strange when we are in positions of leading organizations that have huge capital, news papers like Sunday Times and City press publish all malicsious , rubbishing reports about black led organizations, Yes we need the MEDIA TRIBUNAL

  • Anonymous - 2010-08-31 17:54

    Nafcoc signed a sales contract with us in April to buy our farms in the Eastern Cape. The agent dealing with the sale bragged that they were cash buyers and that they only needed 14 days to deliver guarantees. The 14 days came and gone. They asked for a further extention of another 60 days. They have since cancelled meetings with us numerous times and have disregarded the dates stipulated in the sales contract. This has gone on for close to 5 months. We are so fed up with them. What an unprofessional and disorganized institution! They were big mouthed in the beginning, but as they say “money buys the whiskey” They are now in breach of contract, but it does not seem to bother them... On the 16th of August they announced once again that they can not deliver guarantees ( and asked for ANOTHER 60 days extention ) because one of their "trustees" were voted out due to misconduct and this process froze their funds. This is clearly a lie as there are many other factors mentioned in the above article that contribute to them not being able to finalise the transaction with us. Nafcoc, be honest with the public!!!!!

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