As it happened: Mbalula explains Commonwealth Games loss

2017-03-14 10:28

LIVE coverage of the media conference to convey government’s response to the failed Durban bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

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14 Mar 13:08  

And we're done! We got there eventually. Mbalula was over an hour late to his own presser, but in the end he has provided some clarity on Durban losing the rights to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022

Long story short, the Commonwealth Games Federation wanted certain financial commitments from South Africa that government was not prepared to give, such as covering any financial shortfalls that arose from hosting the Games. 

Mbalula says government was not prepared to bankrupt the country by committing to spending money it did not have. 

14 Mar 13:03  
14 Mar 13:02   Mbalula: "We want to thank everybody who believed in us ..."
14 Mar 12:57  
14 Mar 12:55   Reddy: "Sanity has prevailed ..."
14 Mar 12:52   Tubby Reddy now having his say: "We can't spend money we don't have ..."
14 Mar 12:50   AND SOME MORE ...
14 Mar 12:49   MORE FROM FIKILE ...
14 Mar 12:48   WATCH:
14 Mar 12:42   MBALULA'S FULL STATEMENT
14 Mar 12:39   Mbalula says this will not impact on SA's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 ...
14 Mar 12:38   Mbalula says SA will continue to bid for big events ...
14 Mar 12:37   Was just a matter of time before the DA had a dip ...
14 Mar 12:36   WATCH:
14 Mar 12:35  
14 Mar 12:34   Confirmed that there is no way to try and recover the R118-million ...
14 Mar 12:33  
14 Mar 12:31   Confirmed that the bidding company spent R118-million to secure rights to host 2022 CG ...
14 Mar 12:29  
14 Mar 12:28   This is where it could get interesting ...
14 Mar 12:28  
14 Mar 12:27   Mbalula says the department acted in the best interests of SA ...
14 Mar 12:27   Mbalula continues ... 
14 Mar 12:26  
14 Mar 12:26  
14 Mar 12:25   Fikile tweeting and talking at the same time! Impressive! 
14 Mar 12:24  
14 Mar 12:22  
14 Mar 12:22  
14 Mar 12:16  
14 Mar 12:15  
14 Mar 12:14   Looks like we're about ready to get started ...
14 Mar 12:13  
14 Mar 12:11   So 10 minutes away?
14 Mar 12:10   At least Kaveel hasn't lost his sense of humour ...
14 Mar 12:08   If it ever happens ...
14 Mar 12:05   And counting ...
14 Mar 12:03   Mbalula's spokesperson, Esethu Hasane, tweeted this 50 minutes ago ...
14 Mar 11:59   We don't know the reasons and they may be valid, but Mbalula is now an hour late to his own press conference. It doesn't send a positive message at all ...
14 Mar 11:55   Our man on the ground, Kaveel Singh, says there is still no sign of Mbalula or anyone from the minister's office. 55 minutes late now ....
14 Mar 11:49   This presser now running 50 minutes late ... 
14 Mar 11:46   We'll have to wait and see ...
14 Mar 11:44  

FUN FACT

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander headed up the Durban 2022 bid committee. He supposedly had nothing to do with any of the developments after Durban was awarded the rights to host the Games late in 2015. 

14 Mar 11:41   You're kidding. Mbalula apparently still on his way ...
14 Mar 11:36   The timing couldn't be worse. World Rugby delegates arrived in SA on Monday to assess the country's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. What message does this CG failure send?
14 Mar 11:33   Mbalula's tweet from earlier today ...
14 Mar 11:29   Mbalula will surely be asked about the money that was wasted on this bid. R118 million is the reported figure. 
14 Mar 11:27   This presser, now 30 minutes behind schedule, comes after Durban's organising committee failed to meet certain deadlines with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
14 Mar 11:25   Another delay. We're expected to start at 11:45 now. 
14 Mar 11:08  

2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMES

While there are problems galore with the 2022 edition, the next Commonwealth Games is well on track for the Gold Coast in Australia in 2018...

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