Gems splurge R60k of members' money a month on empty building for a year

Gems splurge R60k of members' money a month on empty building for a year

- The Government Employees Medical Scheme have been spending thousands on a building they don't use

- GEMS recently admitted the wasteful expenditure but no one has been held accountable

- Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has ordered that an investigation be started to find who is to blame

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The Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) recently admitted they spent thousands of the contributions of its members to pay for a building in Mahikeng for a year. The building is empty.

R60 000 was paid per month to Mowana Properties for the North West regional office on the Borekelong House ground floor. However, the building was never occupied.

This has been going on since September of 2017.

Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has called for an investigation into the rental spending.

Instead of using the office space, GEMS rented the Kobo Segole Guest House conference room for R31 000 per month.

No one has been held responsible for this wasteful expenditure yet.

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Medicalaid.net reported that Mava Scott, Minister Dlodlo's spokesperson stated that if the wasteful expenditure is proven against GEMS, disciplinary steps will be taken.

Scott added that those found guilty should have to pay for the waste.

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The Minister hopes to get to the bottom of this matter as soon as possible.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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