Durban for Olympic Games

2010-09-08 16:06

Johannesburg - South Africa's Olympic committee says Durban is the country's only candidate to host the 2020 Olympics.

South Africa's Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee says the bidding process is "finalised" as far as it is concerned after Durban was the only city to submit a bid.

SASCOC had also invited Cape Town, Johannesburg and the south coast city of Port Elizabeth to present their cases.

The government will now decide whether to submit a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC will ask countries to submit bids for the 2020 Games after the IOC session next July - which is hosted by Durban.

In the meantime, SASCOC says "extensive investigation and feasibility studies" will be done in Durban.


  • Raymond - 2010-09-08 16:17

    Yay! Durban 2020! Can't wait!

  • catja - 2010-09-08 16:36

    How about investing all that money in OUR country on our OWN people... it will be money wasted that is desperately needed to make this a first world country again!

  • Greg - 2010-09-08 16:38

    They are also going to need a train and highway upgrade and, and, and etc.

  • Anne - 2010-09-08 16:42

    Go Durban! As an ex-Durbanite, I totally agree that Durban is the best South African choice for the 2020 Olympic bid. It already has a lot of stadia and sporting facilities in a central location and, most importantly, the weather for the games which are held in the Northern Hemisphere's summer (our winter).

  • mukesh - 2010-09-08 16:45

    Countries, generally, which have staged the olympics have incurred massive debts. Those on SASCOC are the only guys whose ego's get stoked. These facilities which are to be built will not have organisations to rent the facilities. Look at our white elephant soccer stadiums.

  • Pangea - 2010-09-08 16:45

    Dirtbin, that dirty and filthy city, what want to make the tourists sick? Cape Town should get it! During the world cup many tourists told me that Cape Town was the best city they visited in South Africa.

  • Babalas! - 2010-09-08 16:45

    Please, please, please!!!! more white elephants (that in inself should scare the ANC!). We cannot afford these edifices. We are third world. People are starving. The politicians love it as they can get great AA / BEE contracts, kickbacks, nepotism etc! SAY NO!

  • Simon - 2010-09-08 16:46

    I'm not being negative but can't we first of all start focusing on improving service delivery, education, medical care, to name but a few & wait to see what the positive / negative spin offs of the FIFA World Cup are before we run headlong into this? I'm from Cape Town, & did not support our 2004 Olympic bid since I knew we had more pressing issues to deal with.I fully supported the SWC but feel that we must take a 'breather' before anything else.

  • Simon - 2010-09-08 16:50

    Another BRAIN DEAD decision. After the airport mess up, and the general small town thing of DUR it would be silly to consider anywhere on Africa other than JNB. DUR with their smaller stadium couldnt even sell their FIFA games out, JNB with 3 Large stadiums within 100km;s were all sold out.

  • waka waka - 2010-09-08 16:52

    I'm so glad that Cape Town did not bid. I'm not really sure if bidding for the Olympics on a whole is a good idea. Do we have the financial resources to sustain ourselves once its all over? Look at Greece. The costs of hosting a world cup soccer tournament and the costs of hosting the Olympics are not comparable. Olympics is insanely expensive. Come on SA i think we have proved to the world convincingly that we can host massive sporting events. What we really need to do is show the world what an economic powerhouse we can become. Lets rather compete in that arena, that will at least benefit the poor .Forget the world tournaments, let the other countries that have points to prove bid for it.

  • xman - 2010-09-08 16:54

    You have to be kidding, PE was invited to submit a proposal. The metro in PE is broke as, and they don't have sufficient stadiums or hotels to host an event like the Olympics. But then again, maybe they should submit a proposal so that cronies like former mayor Faku can get get his greedy paws on more contracts.

  • Dave - 2010-09-08 16:57

    Go Cape Town!

  • AL JHB - 2010-09-08 16:57

    Although we are now spoilt for choice I really think that the Durban stadium is REALLY the most attractive out of the lot. GO DURBZ!!!!!

  • William fence - 2010-09-08 17:03

    It would have killed Cape Town. You go Durban! Well done to Cape Town for doing the right thing.

  • Capetonian - 2010-09-08 17:04

    Yay! Durban 2020! Can't wait! No pesky tourists in our Mother City!

  • wtf - 2010-09-08 17:15

    Only reason why it's not in Cape Town because its DA controlled.

  • James - 2010-09-08 17:17

    Well now, what next? Cape Town with it's gales, Durban with it's humidity, Johannesburg with it's altitude and then we still have to cough up until heaven alone knows when for the Soccer World Cup expenditure. I suppose that by 2020 it may just be that we can refurbish the debt ridden soccer stadiums sufficiently to look fresh and attractive for an Olympic event, especially if the cosatu members can be persuaded to work for a change. Wake up South Africa, we have many other priorities when it comes to to the crunch.

  • KB - 2010-09-08 17:24

    Durban is the only city in SA that should host the games as its winter weather is by far suited for the period the olympics is on. CT weather is awful mid year and the rest the altitude is not suited. Sea level is best. Durban is also expected, as per their plans in building the stadium, to have a state-of-the-art 10 lane athletics track around the pitch. Hope Durban Gets it.

  • X - 2010-09-08 17:24

    Reading the stupid, short sighted jealousy being expressed by those who clearly live in other cities can only lead one to laugh! Durban had the foresight to build a multi functional stadium that could easily facilitate an athletics track. Further to this it is slap bang in the centre of the Kings Park sports precinct. This includes an Olympic swimming pool, another huge stadium next door, another athletics track, a few golf courses, a lagoon within spitting distance, a beach within a few hundred metres, a cycle track, baseball fields etc etc. Yes they are not of Olympic quality but they can be substantially upgraded. @Simon - Johannesburg has the altitude to contend with. The Mexico City Olympics resulted in many jumping records being smashed. As for your full stadium argument, with the Olympics only being held in one city people will travel from the other cities to attend events. Joburg benefited from many stadiums close together as most foreign fans chose to base themselves there so they could see more games with less travel.

  • kilobo - 2010-09-08 17:32

    i agree with waka waka 150 this country people safer like animals.goverment dont mind as usuly.we need economic grow not olimpic.good choice cape town

  • Henry - 2010-09-08 17:36

    WOW they really wanna destroy Durban/KZN... Durban is not even a major International tourist destination and the mess Durban is in I can only predict a WHOLE LOTTA SH!T... Gutted it's not CT but wise choice by WP Government.

  • JB - 2010-09-08 17:53

    Imagine the final phase of the selection process, after South Africa has spent millions (billions?) on their bid, and all the other countries pull out all the reports and pics of the strike. Just like some of the buses and places burnt, so will the bid go up in flames. Of this I am 150% convinced. I hope the government will decide not to bid, but somehow I doubt they have the ability to think that far ahead.

  • TheOne - 2010-09-08 18:00

    Lets see what strikes happen when they are building stadiums, and maybe even when they are hosting the games. SA - country of strikes about for anything.

  • Roland - 2010-09-08 18:11

    So we (SA) will pay forever for this event. CT has the foresight to see that it is too expensive. Anyway - they would not have been chosen as it is not controlled by the ANC. The ANC government (national) will fund this so that the cadres can get all the kickbacks and make megabucks on the contracts. I hope that we do not get it, eventhough it is goign to cost millions just to submit the bid!

  • Brian - 2010-09-08 18:17

    If Durban wants the olympics then they should bid for the olympics. HOWEVER! I am not paying for it. It is the responsiblity of the host city to pay for the olympics and not the country.

  • Mark - 2010-09-08 18:25

    Are they mad, one of the most volatile areas on the continent. No infrastructure , not even listed in the top 150 travel cities int he world by cnn business traveller ( which a lot of host cities use as a independent quote ) strikes of dockyard workers you wont get off the ground and spending billions to set up a bid all for it to be set alight like a heap of tyres along the beach front during the strikes . interesting concept when money is short to come by and people are still starving while the black fat cats get fatter . i agree with catja invest the money in the people not in your own 24 hours of self indulgent fame .

  • Solly in New York - 2010-09-08 18:47

    HA, HA, HA!!! You gotta be kidding me!!! DURBAN, WHY DURBAN?? I have been in the tourism business for more than 20 years and as far as International recognition is concerned, Cape Town stands head and shoulders above any other City in South Africa when it comes to tourists opinion as to which their favorite City in SA is. In actual fact, Durban is often refered to as dirty, filthy and dangerous. Tour operators often bypass Durban completely when sending tourist to SA, I know. This has to be a political decision. Do these morons have any idea of what the competition is like in the final stages of the bidding process? Durban would not stand a chance, while Cape Town actually does. Just about the entire infrastructure of Durban would have to be rebuilt, their airport compares to that of some you will find in rural USA. The reason why CT lost the bid for 2004 was that it was too early to bid and Sam Ramsamy forced CT to change their logo and Africanize the bid. No one will acknowledge this, but the IOC did not exactly like this. It is tradition that the City hosting the event get’s all the recognition. Please, please scrap this foolish idea.

  • kevan - 2010-09-08 18:54

    grow up all of you,itn is so pathetic how a city can bring out such hatred, very childish. Capetoneans, you people had a chance of wanting to host the games and were unsuccesful, so stand by any SA city who has the oppurtunity of hosting the games. There is no city in SA trhat is run smoothly

  • STORMER - 2010-09-08 19:22

    Thank the stars its Durban....the debt from any Olympic Games is crippling.....and I don't want my beloved CT to sit with that. Besides Durbs really is best for this sort of thing...

  • @Solly in New York - 2010-09-08 19:38

    Because Zuma and his mates come from Durban! Plus I don't think Durban has enough stadium capacity right now, I personally think that Kings Park and Moses Mabhida need another stadium (an Olympic stadium) to be built next to them to make up the shortfall.

  • Bo - 2010-09-08 19:52

    Utter madness! So much for priorities....... IF successful, DEBT for decades thereafter.

  • Solly in New York - 2010-09-08 20:19

    All of you thinking that Durban will be the only city to carry the cost and fall into an abyss of debt think again. South Africa is a socialist country with a socialist government and becoming more so with every year that passes. Sport in South Africa is largely controlled by the government and the government makes the decision as to who will bid for the Olympics and everybody in SA pays regardless of where it is staged. Cape Town, Joburg, Bloem, PE, everybody will suffer. It’s called TAX. Other cities might even see a decrease in funds coming their way to support Durban’s bid. Please don’t support this, it will affect everybody.


    Sutcliffe & Co looking for more free tickets ?? Local Govt should stick to its prime legal task & function of delivering municipal services - NOT bidding for Multi Bill $$$ International Events. They are out of order, and I do not see that they have the mandate or authority to go ahead ! Ratepayers to pick up the bill afterwards, that's for sure !!!! A Commision of Enquiry is warranted. Neglecting the poor, enriching the Rich.

  • FOTA - 2010-09-08 20:43

    To all thos punting Cape Town, please wake up. Cape Town in August?. Cold, wet, windy. Never get the Olympics in winter with their climate. Johannesburg - never get it with the altitude. Durban is the viable option. So, Simon and Pangea - think SPORT gents, not provincialism. Remember - "Faster, Higher, Stronger"

  • Rick - 2010-09-08 21:21

    Capetonians, your jealousy is hilarious. @Solly, you obviously haven't been to Durban recently, get a life.

  • Positive - 2010-09-08 21:21

    Be it any city in SA, we should be proud, I work with a multinational company in Qatar and they were surprised and proud of SA 2010 WC. People need to work togather as a team and do their home work before giving comments. Events bring in investments, jobs and boost the economy. What do yo have to offer to make SA a better place. the sponsors also provide jobs. Lets talk positive and come up with solutions not problems. We have to answer to the next generation, they their in your house.

  • Bob - 2010-09-08 21:50

    Durban should have been SA's bid last time around and should always be the only bid unless another city develops between East London and Durban where the weather plays an enormous role. Durban's road systems are superior to the other "potential" candidates, the stadia, inclusive of aquatics are superior to that of Cape Town - and hey Capetonians don't seem to feel the same about being South African as most of the rest of us do. It is not even a ball game - Durban 2020.

  • Gail - 2010-09-08 22:23

    Where can i get my tickets, enjoyed the games in Durban - it was magic! Waka Waka Durban

  • Solly in New York - 2010-09-08 23:10

    Fact, Economics 101. Gauteng and the Western Cape are the two wealthiest provinces in South Africa and the only two self-sustaining provinces, unlike the other leeches such as KZN (whom we carry) along with the other 6. At 1st, I thought CT would be a better choice, but I actually beleave NO SA city would be capable. Don,t give me the hogwash about the weather. Sydney has a Similar climate to CT and they very successfully hosted the Olympics. The IOC has a window in which they can shift the event right up to October anyway. How many cricket matches in Durban had to be suspended because of bad light or weather and forget about finding any sunshine on the beach after 5pm, and thats in the summer. PS. I've been to Durban recently and it's still the same dump it's always been. Travelling is my busines and my life and there are far better places on this planet to spend it than in Durban.

  • Waste - 2010-09-09 04:07

    Durban is back to being the filthy city it was before 2010 when loads of money was spent getting it clean...such a waste to spend money on status building rubbish like the olympics when few actually benefit. 2010 is already a distant memory in a city ravaged by crime grime and poverty and mismanagement. south Africans need to get their priorities right and say no to this mindlless waste of our taxpayers money. Say a big NO to this nonsense While taxpayers are pushed to the limits with cost increases in areas such as electricity etc we contemplate more expenditure on events that generally bankrupt big first world Olympic hosts let alone the filthy dump that Durban is. JUST SAY NO!

  • Kevan - 2010-09-09 05:37

    Solly, you must of had your sun glassess on after five. Sun after 5 in Durban in summer exists. Just because it goes down later in Capetown means now Capetown must host the olympics. HA HA. As far as Durban being the poorest of the 3 major cities, prove it statistacally, do not thumb suck. Solly you sound jealous about cities, rediculous, sure you are also jealous in your love life. One thing about Durban, it has the friendliest people of the 3 cities, and I am not from Durban. Capetown has the most centered ,snotty people you could meet. Experienced.this when I was out there. Solly grow up,

  • Simon (CT) - 2010-09-09 06:36

    This whole thing is not about 'jealousy' over which city bids for 2020, it is about the genuine concern that central & local governments are simply not focussing on the more pressing needs of our people. (The arms deal of the mid nineties is still a major financial issue..have you all forgotten about that?) I don't care who bids for it because I don't support it. Cape Town, I believe, has backled down from the bid due to the fact that local government has realised the needs of the people of the Western Cape come first. They are also weighing up the outcome of the SWC. I have no doubt that the general SA public would shake their heads at the prospect of a bid. Why not have a referendum to see what the man on the street thinks before as usual the 'few' people make a huge decision that could ruin the whole country.

  • Arms Deal - 2010-09-09 07:21

    Hey, taxpayers!!., hold on...... Don't forget about still owe me!!

  • Phindo - 2010-09-09 08:27

    Joburg is no.1, Cape Town no.2 (with huge potential to self develop), Durbs should be grown as well (especially towards th North Coast), so that we get at least three provinces to a good footing. This may be a good strategy to decentralise the economy, so that not all and everything is in a crowded Joburg, hence the craxy tolls on N1. Next will be other place like Polokwane, which will be developed into a world class city. So, after 30 years, we'll have a balanced SA, with lesser dependence on Gauteng, which is already buckling under pressure.

  • Proudly Dbn - 2010-09-09 09:15

    Solly is a lost sheep looking for a shepherd.Capetown has only 3 attractions the Cape point.Robben Island and Table Mountian.This so called Tourist Haven is greeted by thousands of Shacks when you just about to touch down at Cpt int. Sunny Durbs [ surf city ] has it all.It`s no wonder silly sods like solly are just envious our the progress of Durban.Crime is in every city,filthy streets are in every city but warmth,compassion and friendliness is from the people of KZN- We had the most biggest crowds at all of the Fan Parks during the W.C and every game was sold out at our World Famous Staduim.Solly needs to do a reality check on his opinion of Durban being a Dump.Remember we Durban set the stage globally by having the A1 GP.It is Durban which was in the same category as Monaco and Dubai.

  • jj - 2010-09-09 11:14

    The vile and anger spewed at Durban on here is actually quite disgusting and screams of typical Capetonian smugness. The fact that people are trying so hard to rip a city apart that has come along way from the dirty place it was. If you have not visited in awhile i suggest some of you do, it would totally change your narrowminded perceptions. Additionally before it was even announced that Durban would be the countries focus for the Olympics, the majority of the leading players in the South African tourism industry threw their backing behind Durban. To Solly from New York (our supposed Tourism guru...) these folks clearly would not throw their support behind city that you so poetically describe. Durban is a changed place and is set to rock the comfy "Only Joburg and Cape Town" boat. I'm just shocked at the total anger that some peopel direct at the city...thats just weird!

  • Megan - 2010-09-09 11:18

    As a Durbanite, it's an exciting idea in theory...but practically, I am scared to think what Durban will be like in 10 years' time! The World Cup - although lots of fun - basically crippled the city on match days. Many people could not get to work on time or at all. Is Durban capable? I guess we will have to wait and see.

  • kevan - 2010-09-10 09:09

    Capetown has a higher crime rate then Durban and it has increased over the last couple of years. If you look at the records you will see the truth.

  • Angel - 2010-09-23 22:28

    I live in a Durbs and it is still a filthy, weed infested broken dorpie with a huge back-to-front stadium that is good for nothing in particular. What a self-indulgent waste of ratepayer's money! Let's hope the DA win the 2011 elections here and scrap this loony scheme.

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