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Muthambi defends gov’t New Age spend

Faith Muthambi

Faith Muthambi

Communications minister Faith Muthambi on Sunday defended government’s advertising spending after criticism from opposition party the Democratic Alliance.

“The department of communications’ in-house media buying team directs strategic government media buying using Telmar Media’s suite of worldwide leading media advertising software and services used for reach, frequency and optimisation,” she said in a statement.

“Government uses mass communication to fulfil its mandate to communicate to the largest possible spread of South Africans.”

SA MP Gavin Davis earlier this week said Muthambi must explain how more than R10m was spent on advertising in The New Age newspaper in the last financial year.

He questioned how government could spend R10,2m on The New Age with a readership of 153 000, while spending a similiar amount of R10,4m, on the Sowetan which had a much bigger readership of 1,6m.

“A comparison with the biggest newspapers shows just how skewed government adspend is towards the Gupta-owned newspaper, despite its low readership,” Davis said in a statement.

“A comparison with publications of a similar-sized readership to The New Age underscores just how much of an ‘outlier’ the newspaper is in terms of government spend.”

He referred to The Herald, The Mercury and Pretoria News, which had a similar number of readers to The New Age.

However, Muthambi on Sunday said a national newspaper like The New Age could not be compared to metropolitan newspapers.

“If we followed honourable Davis MP’s argument, government would need to advertise in a greater number of metropolitan newspapers, in all provinces to match the footprint of The New Age, at a greater cost than that of advertising in The New Age,” she said.  — Sapa

4 Comments

  1. Yup, you cannot put anything past a political party that goes to great lengths to make a very public song and dance celebrating the ‘achievements’ of a man who was knowingly in the pay of CRIMINALS while he occupied the office of CEO of the nations police force!
    With that type of mindset it’s but a small hop to seeing nothing wrong with using a fringe newspaper owned by the they-are-my-friends-finish-and-klaar of the president to carry government/ANC propaganda paid for by the SA taxpayers.
    My personal contempt for the ANC grows with every passing scandal.

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