Legislature secretary introduces the Bhisho diet

BHISHO’S buffets are over hello to the Bhisho diet.

Cost-cutting new Bhisho legislature secretary Vuyani Mapolisa has fired off a memo barring the serving of buffet meals during committee meetings.

Members of the provincial legislature (MPLs) used to full-house meals are now subject to a diet of fruit, water, tea and coffee – and the odd sarmie. The famous platters of sandwiches, muffins and scones on the sidelines of meetings have also been drastically pared down.

In his memo, Mapolisa says those at a meeting that ends at lunch time will only be provided with water, tea and coffee. Those at committee meetings that run into the afternoon will receive fruit and sandwiches.

MPLs and others attending committee meetings will also have to specify individually what they want on their plates.

Mapolisa said there had been an “escalation of costs” while the budget had been reduced.

Cost-cutting will also hit non-core items such as the hiring of workshop venues and accommodation while on official business. MPLs and officials on official business will have to be accommodated in establishments that do not charge more than R1 300 a person a night.

Refreshments during lunch and dinner at hospitality establishments will be limited to one can of cooldrink and one bottle of water.

Also on the cards is the soliciting of three quotations for MPLs and officials wanting to hire vehicles or catch international flights.

The measures were welcomed by UDM MPL Max Mhlathi and DA provincial chairwoman and MPL Veliswa Mvenya. — asandan@dispatch.co.za