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Cabinet confirms AFCON hosts

2012-05-04 11:04

Pretoria - The Africa Cup of Nations champions next year will be crowned in the same calabash-inspired Johannesburg stadium as the 2010 World Cup winners, sport minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday.

"We will host the opening and closing ceremonies in Johannesburg," said Mbalula, ending long speculation and dilly-dallying on the announcement of the five host cities.

Other hosts are Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Durban, he said.

Noteably absent is Cape Town, whose landmark seafront stadium was built for the World Cup. The city, one of the few run by the political opposition, had reportedly balked at the costs associated with hosting the tournament.

But Mbalula said location was the deciding factor.

"Rather than using the whole of the republic we have reduced to a total number of about four, five stadiums so that they are close to each other."

The venue for the final was built for the World Cup two years ago with 94 700 seats, and is covered in clay-coloured panels inspired by the calabash gourd used widely as a pot across Africa.

Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time to win the championships.

Mbalula declined to comment on the budget for the tournament but said South Africa's government, private companies and the Confederation of African Football would all contribute.

"On relieving the financial burden for host cities, there's a joint task team... which will meet with the host cities individually to allay fears," he said.

The 32-match tournament should be welcome business for the cities, where the state spent billions of rands to build new and upgrade old stadiums for a handful of 2010 games.

Some have failed to attract home sports teams and even pay for matches featuring top local sides, while activities like bungee-jumping, religious events and concerts with artists like Coldplay and U2 help foot some bills.


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Comments
  • margo.george.18 - 2012-05-04 11:32

    Why must the goverment decide the venues of a sports event.One of these days they will tell the Boks and Proteas as well.

  • Michael - 2012-05-04 11:38

    I'm a bit confused wth regards to Soccer City's hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and not the matches. The ceremonies must be held where the opening and closing matches will take place unless they'll be held on different dates.The people that will be at the ceremonies surely want to watch the games too, who wants to go to the stadium for the ceremony only? As a Cape Tonian i'm glad this loss making tournament is not coming to my city,let the other cities host and absorb these losses.I hope this other CHEN tournament will be played at places like Athlone,Phillipi where there'll be enough support for them. What are these CHEN games? it's the first time i hear of them. CT showed great accountability in refusing to accept the AFCON on the terms that were presented.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-04 11:42

    We of course expect......no demand that the municipalities involved use the "user pays" policy that the ANC themselves promote whenever something is going to be used by whites. The tax and rate payer most definitely will not agree to pay out a few million more for another failed sports event that lands up costing us millions.

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-04 12:09

    Port Elizabeth is too far considering Soccer city as central....there is Bloem and Polokwane!

      philip.moloko - 2012-05-04 12:36

      Polokwane has shown that can atract more spectator unlike johannesburg always we know from the begining that safa will spoon feed this soccer city we dnt care go ahead and host the tournament as for myself consider me not coming 2 attend any of the matches....we need polokwane to host some of the matches pls SAFA dnt do this to us what have we done we dont deserve this treatment.

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 13:48

    Spend less time organizing potential parties and more time governing please

  • Jeffrey - 2012-05-04 14:17

    2 packet of Chips (chiesf), Supper's pot united, Blocked leopardd, declared Peter Mokaba as their home ground with Chefs mostly using johanesburg as their sindowns and pie-rat homeground. this witnesses that Polokwane deserve games. This fig-Ale Mbalul@ must be drinking one of the strongest Ales made of Fig fruits. let jesus curse the fig tree. Polokwane deserve better than Mpumalanga.

  • Flynn - 2012-05-04 15:06

    This is confusing - SAFA is the governing body and they should dictate to the respective municipalities that they WILL host AFCON matches or be fined. On the other hand, the PSL should fine clubs for not having enough supporters inside these stadiums, either these clubs don't care whether they get support or not or these clubs marketing department are not doing their jobs properly. Damn, these clubs should be innovative giving their supporters an option to like a buy 1 get 1 FREE ticket, yes the club is losing on gate takings but their merchandize will sell

  • Keith - 2012-05-04 16:09

    Well done cape town, this shows that in my home province of the Western cape we don't dance to CAF's and issa hayatou's tune, that's why we are the best run province in south africa, CAF good riddance go and join your other criminals(ANC) in gauteng, you're not welcome here in the Western cape.

      Mlungelo Sviri P Mkhonza - 2012-05-04 17:32

      keith speak 4joself sum of us we want 2 see dis AFCON games if u hav a problem wid der ANC den its jo problem dis is sports nt politics.

  • Vandross - 2012-05-04 16:21

    I don't even see the essence of spending billions of rands on fancy events in the middle of this crime,corruption, unemployment and poverty. And hey I could be very surprised if he forgot to mention the opening and closing ceremonies. That's where they sip johnie walker blue and meet with joyce mulamus and the likes

  • ismail.lunat.35 - 2012-05-08 09:04

    Now they (the capetonians) complain!! But when negotiations were going in, they were all commenting, we dont want the AFCON coz we the capetonian tax payers will be paying from our coffers for the event and how the AFCON is a free entry to all the african refugees to the City. Now that they have been excluded from all the tourism promotions to the wealthy african markets, they are crying foul. First they say they dont want it, now that they get what they wanted, they are moaning... What is it that you want, my fellow capetonians??

  • ismail.lunat.35 - 2012-05-08 09:06

    Now they (the capetonians) complain!! But when negotiations were going in, they were all commenting, we dont want the AFCON coz we the capetonian tax payers will be paying from our coffers for the event and how the AFCON is a free entry to all the african refugees to the City. Now that they have been excluded from all the tourism promotions to the wealthy african markets, they are crying foul. First they say they dont want it, now that they get what they wanted, they are moaning... What is it that you want, my fellow capetonians??

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