Johannesburg - The National Lotteries Board has provided R13.5m towards the volunteers who will help out at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
The AFCON local organising committee (LOC) said on Thursday the funding would help to ensure the smooth running of the competition.
"We will be able to use this money to provide services such as stipends, training, transport and food for 5000 volunteers," said LOC CEO Mvuso Mbebe.
"Five hundred confirmed volunteers per region have given their time to help us make sure that AFCON 2013 is as successful as the World Cup in 2010."
Volunteers would receive an official uniform, a certificate of appreciation, a daily stipend, and travel and catering costs.
They would be deployed to assist with accreditation, logistics, hospitality, IT, translation, marketing, legacy meeting, protocol, spectator services, ticketing, tournament operations, transport, welcome and information services, volunteer management and telecommunications.
Mvuso joined a chorus of officials calling on South Africans to get behind the tournament, which kicks off with the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde in Johannesburg on Saturday.
"During the World Cup, we were all hoping for an African team to win," Mbebe said.
"This time, that's assured, and we are looking forward to the celebrations of Africa that will take place."