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Durban's 2022 presentation impresses

By Sapa | 2014-07-22 07:09:19.0 | COMMENTS [ 8 ]

Durban was thrust into the international spotlight following an impressive and professional presentation to the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Glasgow on Monday.

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, along with Sascoc president Gideon Sam, Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy and head of sport for the City of Durban, Vuzi Mazibuko, produced a slick presentation ahead of the other candidate for the 2022 Games, the Canadian city of Edmonton.

South Africa's ability and proven track record in hosting major events --including the football, rugby and cricket world cups -- was a strong theme of the presentation, as was the fact that sport was a powerful tool in uniting the country and that Africa was yet to stage the Commonwealth Games.

"We've gone through fire to get here and the 2030 plan requires sport to make the contribution to build South Africa into the giant on the continent of Africa," said Sam.

"We're bold enough to say that South Africa can host any event. We've shown that to the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. We can say it is Africa's turn."

In a vibrant video shown to the general assembly, former president Nelson Mandela was shown casting his first vote in the 1994 elections in the City of Durban.

"We've shown that we have the investment, infrastructure and capacity to deliver world-class events," said Reddy.

The City of Durban has invested billions of rands (some R3.4bn) in sport.

"It's our turn, but more than the fact it's our turn is that we'll do a quality job," he said.

Mbalula pledged his support for Durban's bid.

"We guarantee the government will play its part in hosting the most successful sporting events in South Africa. The Commonwealth Games to us are important Games in terms of what we seek to achieve collectively over the years. It's our turn as the African continent.

"If you give [the Games] to Africa we guarantee you our 102 percent commitment in making it successful. Do it for Africa," the sports minister concluded.

The vote on the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid city will be conducted in Auckland on September 2 next year.

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Shredder

Indeed we have successfully held big events. Go shota Olympics nou.

2014-07-22 07:14:52.0 | 0 replies

McCountry_SA

2022 i will be in early forties, Life Begin At 40yrs

2014-07-22 08:18:31.0 | 0 replies

BOKKER

Oh gawd another national scam and ripoff by the fattening classes.

2014-07-22 08:39:59.0 | 1 replies

Shredder

Apartheid government did not bring us such events. So take a chill pill my racist friend.

2014-07-22 10:34:20.0 | 0 replies

Mshovekamnandi

Mbalula pledged his support for Durban's bid xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx We have never won anything ever since zuma became a president the country is cursed we are facing a leadership crisis , Government officials are incompentent , The number one himself is not fit to hold the office He is not respeceted by other head of state because of his scandals

2014-07-22 09:13:28.0 | 1 replies

Popeye

Nc, nc, nc, nc...irrelevant comment to this story and hatred to your President does not make you a man as you claim to be circumcised . Sometimes you must give credit where is due Sir. Durban is part of SA. Do you want this event to be hosted in your home town eCofimvaba nase Qonce?

2014-07-22 11:26:11.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

Part of me really hopes we get it and another part of me is wondering what the scam is this time. It is sad that we become so skeptical of their motives but, history kinda guarantees that someone is going to scam us out of a barnload of money

2014-07-22 09:22:55.0 | 0 replies

eCoaster

there we go again, hauling in Mandela and Africa to garner support! The Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and Soccer WC's are awarded to COUNTRIES not CONTINENTS, Fikile. Yes, for sure "Durban has invested billions of rands (some R3.4bn) in sport" - but all on the 2010 "white elephant", to quote Gideon. No, Fikile, Durban, South Africa and not even Africa can AFFORD these or the Olympic games. Yes Durban will host them brilliantly (purely because we are a great Events Coordinator), but at tremendous cost - maintenance of our crumbling infrastructure and delivery of basic services will be slowed once again - just as we are recovering somewhat from the 2010 spend.

2014-07-22 10:27:09.0 | 0 replies
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