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'Fan flops' refund disgruntled vendors

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa | Jun 23, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

A JOHANNESBURG consortium has caved in and given disgruntled vendors a refund after they threatened to take their grievances to the media.

Khemano Consortium-Matchworld Marketing won a R18million contract from the City of Johannesburg to manage Elkah Stadium in Soweto and Innisfree Park Fan Fests in Sandton.

It is said that vendors had deposited R15000 with Khemano to secure retail space at the parks. Khemano had projected that between 5000 and 10000 soccer fans would visit the fan parks each day, but this had not happened.

As a result of reduced figures vendors had not made as much money as they had anticipated since the tournament kicked off on June 11. This week the vendors demanded their R15000 deposits back.

A frustrated vendor at the Sandton fan park described Innisfree as a "fan flop" that did not meet international standards. He claimed that the marketing had been poor.

The vendors are said to have drawn up a memorandum of grievances, complaining of low turnouts at the fan parks.

One vendor, who did not want to be identified, said: "They (Khemano Consortium-Matchworld Marketing) are not addressing key marketing issues. This fan park is not of an international standard. It's a fan flop. It looks like rural Africa but we are in the middle of Sandton."

But Matchworld Marketing manager, Francos Barocas said the problem had been resolved.

"They were given their money back yesterday. I think the vendors were unhappy but are now happy after what we offered them. They raised a number of issues that will be addressed," Barocas said.


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