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Soccer scores half a billion rand, in tough times

By Sapa | Oct 25, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

While Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has warned of a “constrained fiscal environment”, Treasury has seen fit to allocate close to half a billion rand for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The 2012 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, tabled on Thursday, reveals a total of about R460 million in “unforeseeable and unavoidable expenditure” has been set aside for the hosting of the soccer event.

This includes a R213 million allocation to the sports and recreation department, most of which will be distributed to host cities.

The SA Police Service will receive an additional R165 million to provide security, while the department of arts and culture will get R18.5 million for “creative programmes in respect of the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 final draw and opening and closing ceremonies”.

According to the 2012 Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure document, also tabled on Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is set to spend R18 million rand on providing services for heads of state who attend the tournament.

The department of home affairs will also get R15 million to spend on dedicated lanes for arriving teams and spectators at airports and border posts.

The presidency will receive R6 million for Brand South Africa to use during the event, while the Government Communications and Information System will provide services to the tune of R10 million.

Treasury will contribute R15 million to the health department to ensure medical services during the tournament.

Defending the spending at a media briefing on Thursday morning, Deputy Finance Minister Nhanhla Nene said he did not believe the amount spent on the event was extravagant.

“I do not regard the hosting of the [tournament]... as a vanity project. Neither would the soccer fraternity, [or] South Africans... ,” said Nene.

Spending on the event had been cut “to the bone”, he said.

Oversight bodies were welcome to hold government to account, and ensure the country got value for money out of the event.

Libya was meant to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, but backed out as a result of the political turmoil in that country.

South Africa, which was meant to host the tournament in 2017, offered to stand in for Libya.

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we do have money to run this country if it could be used wisely, all we do is to impress the world and forget abt our own very people

Oct 25, 2012 2:40 | 0 replies

I better rather than zumaville

Oct 25, 2012 4:47 | 0 replies

Shredder - After forking out R500 million, you need to go buy a ticket :P

Oct 25, 2012 4:11 | 0 replies

Ok guys, nna I want to go watch the opening game.

Oct 25, 2012 4:6 | 0 replies

@McCountryMan
we do have money to run this country if it could be used wisely, all we do is to impress the world and forget abt our own very people
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Really now this was budgeted for, i have worked hard and paid my taxes. Now i wana watch some world class soccer so deal with it

Oct 25, 2012 4:6 | 0 replies

How much did the Government spend on World Cup 2010? and our team Bafana did what? How much did we get back, did we get anything back at all or some few individuals got rich at our expence? SAFA must be arrested, and now Half a Billion, for what? and our team Bafana, never qualifies, they just get to play and be knocked out no.1? and we still spent on them?

Oct 25, 2012 4:2 | 0 replies

So, I know this money is for a good course, BUT where is this moeny when it is needed for the good of our people????...Where is this money when the government has to settle the e-toll debt?...

Just wait up until the tournament is over, some government officials will be fingured to have had their sticky fingers on the money.

I bet SA is still going to stage the 2017 one?

Oct 25, 2012 3:50 | 0 replies

@Papage
We have a Empty heads Leaders For sure, here is the new cabinet after Mangaung:

President: T Mbeki
deputy: Nkosasana Zuma (recall her from Africa)
Finance Minister: Trevor
Tax: Gordhan ( he is only good there, just to collect not distribute)
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Eish, ja. In that case I would vote for the ANC again. Unfortunately........

Oct 25, 2012 3:46 | 0 replies

It was cheaper to host Manchester united in South Africa, than what it is to host African teams here.

Oct 25, 2012 3:23 | 0 replies

At least WCape had the good sense to not take part in the tournament. The rest of the provinces will k@k to support this.

Oct 25, 2012 3:19 | 0 replies

We have a Empty heads Leaders For sure, here is the new cabinet after Mangaung:

President: T Mbeki
deputy: Nkosasana Zuma (recall her from Africa)
Finance Minister: Trevor
Tax: Gordhan ( he is only good there, just to collect not distribute)

Oct 25, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies