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2010 Soccer World Cup spoils disbursed

By Mark Gleeson | Jan 21, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 23 ]

THE disbursement of the profits from the 2010 Fifa World Cup began at the weekend with the first R56-million of the money given to a wide array of applicants.

It has, however, emerged that there could have been a lot more money but that around a third of the actual profits from the tournament was spent on vehicles for Safa, including a fleet of luxury Mercedes Benzes for executive committee members.

Danny Jordaan, who chairs the World Cup Legacy Trust formed to protect, nurture and distribute the 2010 monies, launched a spirited defence of the transport purchases, which were made straight after the World Cup and before the R450-million Legacy Fund was announced by President Jacob Zuma and Fifa boss Sepp Blatter in December 2010.

Jordaan said the actual amount of money saved from the World Cup, and due to South Africa, was R700-million, but that R250-million had gone on buying buses, mini-vans and cars for official transport. These had been distributed to the regions where he said the issue of transport for teams was the single biggest problem in football development.

"We will never allow poverty to trap people," Jordaan said of the decision to give vehicles to ferry teams and administrators around.

"Arguments that we must not give buses to regions are out of order, we worked hard to generate the profits in the first place," he thundered.

But his less-convincing defence of the purchase of 26 luxury cars for executive committee members revealed the alarming fact that 50% of Safa's leadership is unemployed, according to Jordaan.

"How do you expect they can get around their regions and see their constituents when they don't have transport?"

The distribution of the remaining R450-million will be a staggered and more controlled affair as the trust's board also includes members from Fifa, civil society and government.

The first tranche of money follows 4347 applications for the funding of various football-related developmental projects.

Jordaan said the board had focused on giving money for the establishment of under-13 and 15 boys' and girls' leagues in the regions, for women's football, indoor football and beach soccer, for capacity building of administration, coaches and referees, to NGOs who use football for development and for education through bursaries.

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what is the meaning of "disbursed"?
sekgowa hasefele maaan!!

Jan 21, 2013 7:32 | 0 replies
Jan 21, 2013 11:0 | 0 replies

@!#Sinudeity#!

But those billions were spent on infrastructure, which we are reaping the rewards today. Except for a few white elephants

Jan 21, 2013 11:18 | 0 replies

That is why I want to be an adminsitrator at SAFA. Even if it meant looking after sweepers and garderners. I will also ensure that the dimensions of the balls (all sort of balls that get delivered for any sort of play) are of acceptable proportion / FIFA accpetable standards.

Jan 21, 2013 12:3 | 0 replies

@mokwepa

it's a finance term bra meaning expenditure or money paid out
they said the money will be used for the development of sports and there you go and look around do you see any development especially in rural areas we sick of all dis kaak

Jan 21, 2013 12:21 | 0 replies

@maditaba
Can some of the money be distributed to E-Tolling please. Afterall we are in this mess because of this damn world cup
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so true

Jan 21, 2013 12:23 | 0 replies

Corruption is just a bane in SA. It seems that I'm the only one who have to sweat full drainage to get an half bread on my self-made table. But any anyway I get my revenge by banging their wives and sisters-in law.

Jan 21, 2013 2:42 | 0 replies

These people on their lobby for a beautiful and succesfull world cup, they include ordinary citizens dominated by emporverished communities and now that there is money envolved the direction changes, those so called rich administrators and developed cities get to taste the sweetness of the honey, whilst poor people and their communities are exploited.

Jan 21, 2013 2:43 | 0 replies

Sowetan newspaper really doesn't practice freedom of speech. They will block your comment for no apparent reason.

Jan 21, 2013 3:31 | 0 replies

La looting continua so typical SAn gov official, this is not even news to me,

Jan 23, 2013 11:3 | 0 replies

Danny, if you and your chomies are really serious about the development of soccer in S.A will you scoot and make room for visionary, young and dynamic administrators who will plough all moneys in the development and successful performance of Soccer? Include some people who ACTUALLY played soccer and intimately understand the development needs of the sport. ALL you administrators are politicians and politicians belong in parliament.

Jan 21, 2013 9:57 | 0 replies