17 June 2011
Following the meeting with Sanef and further to the explanation given by GCIS CEO and Cabinet Spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi at the post Cabinet media briefing of 8th June 2011, GCIS re-iterates the point that the placing of advertisements and editorial independence are not linked.
The concept of bulk buying is part of the GCIS Communications Strategy which was approved by Cabinet and it will be used to elicit discounts and maximum coverage on targeted audiences.
Contrary to media reports, there never was any intention to bribe media to write favourably about government, such insinuations are unfortunate.
Jimmy Manyi (Cabinet Spokesperson)
Cell: 082 379 3454
Issued by Government Communications (GCIS)