Fill up and fund an RAF office chair
National treasury red-flagged the beneficiary of the petrol-funded chair contract last year
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is bankrupt. But that hasn’t stopped it from renting 300 office chairs at a price of R1,666/month per chair. That’s a grand total of R500,000/month, according to the Sunday Times. The fund was planning to take the chair thing to a whole new level with a R60m rental contract over a five-year period. Thankfully, someone stopped that in its tracks. What makes this story particularly galling is its connection to SA’s rampant fuel price. The perfect storm of rising crude oil prices and a weakening rand have pushed the price of petrol to about R16/l in some parts of the country. Of that, R1.93 goes to the RAF. So every time you fill up a 75l tank, you pay R144.75 towards the financing of chairs to keep the good folk of the RAF comfortable while they check their Facebook profiles and LOL at cat videos on WhatsApp. The latter comment may seem unfair, but it is clear that the staff at the fund are not directing their attention to running it properly. The fund has...
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