Prasa splashes out R3m on New Age

Prasa splashes out R3m on New Age

2013-05-29 13:14

Johannesburg - The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) spends more than R3m subscribing to The New Age newspaper, Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Tuesday.

"Prasa has a subscription agreement with The New Age media company, which provides Prasa with 3 200 copies of the newspaper on a daily basis from Monday to Friday," Martins said in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

According to the payment schedule for the period from August 2012 to August 2013, the rail company paid a cover price of R3.50 including VAT for 256 publishing days and 3 200 copies, at a cost of R2 867.200.

It paid a further 50 cents for 256 publishing days and 3 200 copies at a cost of R409 600. This totalled R3 276.800.

Martins was replying to a question from Congress of the People MP Dirk Feldman, who asked whether Prasa had a subscription with The New Age.


In March, Prasa said it would increase Metrorail fares by an average of 27%, reported Sapa news agency.

This prompted complaints from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape.

“Train fares remain by far the lowest prices in comparison to any other form of transport in the country, with a single trip costing on average R2.84,” Prasa CEO Lucky Montana said at the time.

Prasa’s proposed train fare increases would generate R323m for Metrorail and R79m for Shosholoza Meyl.

  • Tim Norris - 2013-05-29 13:46

    And the benefit to PRASA is ......... Does this make No 1 happier?

      Kobus Hattingh - 2013-05-29 13:48

      I did not even know they could read!

      Mpho Leopeng - 2013-05-29 13:54

      No benefit to PRASA just the Zumas and the Guptas. I guess no 1 should be glad, they will buy his wives gifts with the proceeds.

      Chris Maakal - 2013-05-29 14:00

      We should start a boycott system and bankrupt any company that advertise in the New Age.

      Maartins Siphiso - 2013-05-29 14:07

      Guptas has to pay for their wedding with the commuter's money

      Lucky Luke - 2013-05-29 14:20

      no1 does not use new age as no2 paper but prasa certainly do! what another load of c#%p, thx zupta, our taxes once again doing real good for the needy! a#s%holes.

      Godfrey Welman - 2013-05-29 14:29

      New Age....ANC and Gupta benefit fund at Tax Payers expense.

      Anna Turner - 2013-05-29 14:34

      PRASA bailing out New age, and the commuter must pay for glad I don't use PRASA'services.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:39

      er Anna - maybe you do, because maybe Tax money props up Prasa, which props up New age, which props up giving free Govt Friendly newspapers to commuters, so that they can cast educated votes. So if that is the case, I am sure the Govt thanks you for your contributions Anna.

      Revelgen - 2013-05-29 15:51

      The ANC get more and more disgusting by the day. The simple facts are 1) The New Age is owned by the Guptas 2) It is a rubbish newspaper, simply created to further ANC propaganda 3)It haS very, very few true subscribers, so the ANC uses its parastatals to either advertise in it or pay massive subscriptions. Bottom line: THE AND IS USING OUR OWN TAX MONEY TO FUND ANC PROPAGANDA.Time for this sleazy, scumbag, useless, crooked government to be kicked out. They are ruining SA, as our joblessness and shocking growth rate clearly shows. Voters need to wake up.

      Bullet Proof - 2013-05-29 17:24

      What a waste of money and paper

  • Mike Muir - 2013-05-29 13:52

    If I remember correctly the Gupta's are involved with the ownership of this paper, is this No1's way of paying them back?

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:10

      No 1 only thinks he is No 1. (some think he is a No one). But since No 1 got No 2 into the No 2, No 2 has taken over being No 1 from No 1 (now No 2). This is how it goes in the new age. So now No 2 (who was No 1) is in the No 2 with the new No 1. Seems like anyone who listens to No 2 will end up in the No 2. I Know One who was No 1 and now is No one in the No 2.

  • Mike Muir - 2013-05-29 13:54

    Yep, just checked. New age is owned by TNA Media which is owned by the Gupta's.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:36

      enter "PressGate"

  • Anthony Mayoss - 2013-05-29 13:57

    that's expensive loo paper!!

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:27

      As loo paper, this is the New Rage

  • Delano Mr-Cool Dilon - 2013-05-29 13:59

    Please ANC do us a favor and RESIGN!!!

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:10

      all those in favour.....

  • Citizen - 2013-05-29 14:14

    am curious, if Prasa was subscribed to say the Mail and Guardian would it be as much an issue. probably not.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:19

      No - because Prasa is State owned, and they are buying a 'State endorsing' paper to give 'free' to the voters on the trains.

      Citizen - 2013-05-29 14:31

      so they should put an anti state newspaper?

      Revelgen - 2013-05-29 15:54

      Citizen, no mate, they should NOT use our tax money to subsidise ANC propaganda. Or can you tell us why they should? It's not about 'anti-State', it's about telling the truth about our shockingly corrupt and useless ANC government. A new scandal every day.

  • DerekMain - 2013-05-29 14:19

    The New Age is cANCer's The Citizen. They have learnt well from the Nats they absorbed. In fact, they are using more and more of the Nats dirty tactics to oppress their own people. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:21

      haha - and they are even making the 'voters' pay for the 'free' newspapers

  • thozi.thozamile - 2013-05-29 14:25

    Can't you instead invest that money on poor kids' milk? At least the poor will have some form of nourishment. Those who are able to read, can buy the New Age... I doubt that though. Those who have money would rather buy a worthwhile newspaper. New age is a "page-through" paper that one finds in every floor of a government building for free. Without the enormous and massive government (ANC) support, the paper would collapse within a day. As usual. the ANC's priorities are skewed towards the rich... No, the very rich who can land their private planes on highly restricted areas.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:30

      nah Thozi - it is a way to spread propganda to the public with free Pro No1 papers everywhere - possibly subsidised by taxpayers money via tate entities?? Use every dirty trick you can to stay in power, until you have siezed everything, Bob style

  • Michael Peters - 2013-05-29 14:25

    Corruption left right and centre. The ANC is breaking this country and there is nothing we can do about it, unless this moron goverment is voted out. It makes me vomit.

  • Greg Martin - 2013-05-29 14:27

    R2.84 on average for a ticket, what a joke, a single ticket cost on average R6.00 per trip. The monthly cost of my ticket went up by R19 and I only travel pass 5 stations every morning an average increase of R 3.80 per station. Its 40 train trips per month which works out to an average of R3.32 per trip.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:50

      travel by Guprail

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 15:00

      aka Guptrain

  • Greg Martin - 2013-05-29 14:27

    R2.84 on average for a ticket, what a joke, a single ticket cost on average R6.00 per trip. The monthly cost of my ticket went up by R19 and I only travel pass 5 stations every morning an average increase of R 3.80 per station. Its 40 train trips per month which works out to an average of R3.32 per trip.

  • Deni Dedog-de General - 2013-05-29 14:36

    number 1 knows about it and am sure about that.but am not sure if the was open for biders

  • Cina - 2013-05-29 14:43

    Why should I pay for the scrap piece of news paper that I don't even read and never will. Bunch of morons.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:45

      maybe because Govt always makes you pay .... their only income is from taxes in some form

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 14:52

      what - that is wrong - there is now a new word in the dictionary thanks to Scamall. It's Extolltion - a form of extortion

      Meluleki Mthunzie - 2013-05-29 15:32

      @cina y u waste yr time comenting abt it its seems u a an idiot.

  • Rudi Hooligan Basson - 2013-05-29 14:51

    Ja neh...

  • Rudi Hooligan Basson - 2013-05-29 14:52

    Ja neh...

  • Cane Corso - 2013-05-29 14:55

    Guptas smile all the way to the bank. New Age is second hand toilet paper.

  • Ferdi Turdburglar - 2013-05-29 14:58

    deos anyone besides the government subscribe to the Sew Age?

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 15:02

      haha - they spew it out...

  • Hilbert Wouters - 2013-05-29 15:02

    Jaaa... a whole lot of cadre's walking around in new armani suits from the Gupta store...

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-29 15:09

      whoopa Gupta style

  • kosmonooit - 2013-05-29 15:07

    Graft in action

  • Martin Jacobs - 2013-05-29 15:13

    who are these papers for? cant everybody (employees) buy their own paper? this is unacceptable.

  • Maphoroko Theophilus Machaba - 2013-05-29 15:20

    I used a Metroplus Express and Business Express train before. Prasa also subscribes to Citizen, Sowetan, The Star and Pretoria News. This is not an isolated case.

  • Maphoroko Theophilus Machaba - 2013-05-29 15:30

    This is not an isolated case. Prasa still spends money on the following newspapers which are supplied in thier Metro Business Express Trains: The Star, Pretoria News, Citizen and Sowetan. News24 --DO NOT DELETE MY COMMENT PLEASE.

      DerekMain - 2013-05-29 15:41

      I use Metrorail - have not ever seen a newspaper offered to customers - free or otherwise.

      Maphoroko Theophilus Machaba - 2013-05-29 15:49

      @ Derek, Thanks for clarifying. You are using Metrorail, not Metro Business Express.

      John Barakat - 2013-05-29 16:51

      Thanks for clarifying. I also note that often the reporting on N24 can be a bit vague.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-05-29 15:57

    The New Age subscription just a small tender given by number 1 to the Gupta's or is it Zupta's now. Maybe they can include a few in their food parcels, for starting a fire and also used for cleaning up number 2's in the township.

  • CommonSense - 2013-05-29 16:01

    @Minister, oink oink at the trough maybe? Stick your e toll / etag up your ar$e.

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-30 05:44

    C'mon public protector

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-30 05:45

    South Africa has now become a joke. El Banana city is where things like this happen

  • Chreamz George - 2013-05-30 09:25


  • Gianluigi Reigl - 2013-05-30 10:29

    can one connect Jimmy Manyi intentions to open a new goverment paper with the Guptas?

  • Thabani Ngema - 2013-05-30 10:40

    Banana republic

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-05-30 13:34

    It would make more sense to know how much they are spending on other newspapers as well. If it is only New Age we would need to know how they got the tender.

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