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Crisis ahead of AFCON draw?

2012-10-07 08:25

Johannesburg - The executive committee of the eThekwini municipality will meet on Tuesday to discuss a possible funding crisis ahead of the draw for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), according to a media report.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told the Sunday Times that no money had yet been paid to the city to host the final draw for the continental soccer tournament.

"If we are not getting any support from the national government, there's no way on earth I would support that," DA exco member Tex Collins was quoted as saying.

AFCON local organising committee chairperson Mwelo Nonkonyana said there was "no need to panic" and all systems were in place.

The draw, scheduled to be held on October 24 in Durban, was reportedly costing R17m, with R11m expected to be contributed from the government.

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Comments
  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-10-07 09:31

    Think about how many houses you could build for the needy with R17 million !!!

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-07 16:12

      They should go and host the thing in Nkandla - no shortage of funding there...

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-07 09:44

    R17 million just to conduct a draw? That's too much!

      gavin.taylor.79 - 2012-10-07 10:34

      It's absolutely ridiculous Tsietsi. I can't help thinking that there are too many fingers in the pie again and that it is just a money making opportunity for those at the top. Are they making use of any of the facilities left over from WC 2010, or is it just a case of pigs feeding from the new trough again ?

      zukisani.mkunqwana - 2012-10-07 20:57

      yerrr!!! they can even use my garage free of charge . "17 million" this is madness

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