Sascoc wants R400m from gov

2012-10-24 09:17

Cape Town - The SA Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee says it needs about R400 million to prepare athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to a Sowetan report.

This was disclosed to Parliament's portfolio committee on sports and recreation by Sascoc president Gideon Sam and senior manager Ezera Shabangu.

Shabangu said the amount was required to help Team SA increase its capacity to win more medals at the Olympics by setting up a training camp in Europe in the run-up to Rio de Janeiro.

Sascoc chief financial officer Vinesh Maharaj said they had spent R19 million on the London Olympics, and a further R16 million on the Paralympics.

It received an additional R14 million in sponsorships for the two games.


  • thedbz - 2012-10-24 09:41

    Gees if we can give 250 million for Zuma's private palace then surely they should get that as a minimum, but then again no ANC thief stands to benefit from tenders here so they probably wont get it. Down with the cANCer.

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-10-24 09:50

    Why must we set up a training camp in Europe before going to Brazil??? WTF.. So they spent R19m for the 2012 Olympics and now want R400m for the 2016 Olympics, CADRE CADRE CADRE, gimme gimme gimme all you got!

  • greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-24 10:01

    This country has far more serious issues to resolve than giving olympic athletes a training camp in Europe so they can win more medals in Brazil. (Which doesn't make sense anyway). That R400 million can be spent on improving hundreds of communities with schooling/facilities/sporting fields. If it has to be spent on sport, let it be spent on sports facilities in these communities to increase SA's talent pool.

      angela.nair.3 - 2012-10-24 10:52

      I am passionate about sport - love cricket soccer and golf! But for f*@ck sake - please please when will our politicians get their priorities right? Every goverment should take care of sport and recreation - but please.....YOUTH AND JOB CREATION!!!! What is so hard to understand that. Please for Gods sake - think of our peoples future you idiots - I am flaming mad now - AARGH......... R400 million for sport? Pull the other one......................................

  • dave.ueckermann - 2012-10-24 10:05

    Hey! This is my hard earned money that I pay to run this country NOT for athletes to train and travel the world to compete in competitions. I pay for my own round of golf , athletes get your own sponsorships - LEAVE MY MONEY ALONE, the government is stealing enough of it already

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-24 10:18

    It seems so out of proportion to the value except for the value the officials get. Let the gov pay for the participants travel,accomodation and food,the rest IE the training ,equipment etc should be paid by the participants

  • NguVala - 2012-10-24 10:24

    Of which R300 million will be spent on Administrators' bonuses, lavish holidays, traveling to London so they can phone their secretaries in SA to cancel an appointment with athletes. These \fat cats\ should really be ashamed of themselves!!!

  • justice.league.9469 - 2012-10-24 10:27

    R400 mil can do a lot for the developing of science and education: a medal doesn't feed a country at end of the day.

  • peter.gugelmin - 2012-10-24 10:30

    The usual "want, need, demand, insist"

  • michael.salomon.589 - 2012-10-24 10:32

    First show the budget that got to this amount.... and then I sincerely hope that there is a split for the coaches who put in just as much time and effort as do the athletes..... this is a professional event... and sponsors will only add to the pot IF government also adds.... SO I AM ALL FOR IT

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-24 13:53

      Agree... I'd love to see that budget statement and see how they come to that figure, and how much of it actually gets spent on improving the athletes.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-24 10:35

    Setting up a training camp in Europe? WTF. Of course all the dignitaries like Mbalula, Malema and the rest of the no good bastards would have to be there at the expense of the tax payers. Just another reason to milk the golden cow.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-24 10:43

    Only if they can account for every last cent, which must be legitimately spent for the training of athletes. No upfront bonuses, cars, homes, etc for the "management".....but we know this will never happen. Smacks of just another cadre enrichment plan.

  • cara.hubert.31 - 2012-10-24 10:46

    I would imagine most of this is for the officials, their wives and families to take first class tickets to relevant sporting events and Conferences?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-24 10:46

    75% for the first class trips between johannesburg and Sao Paolo for fat officials...yey

  • Michael - 2012-10-24 10:48

    As long as it's used for what it's intended, I've got no problems supporting our athletes more.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-10-24 10:50

    Saudi Arabia has an oil well that never went dry, Russia has an unlimited gas shore, China has a 1.6 billion supply of cheap android labours and South Africa has an unlimited supply of tax that never goes dry...those countries can exploit their resources as they please since its unlimited.

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-10-24 11:51

    other sports in south africa do not get kind if money when they take part in world cups. what is so special about olympics athletes

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-10-24 12:23

    Is there anyone that does not want money from Government?

  • lulama - 2012-10-24 13:57

    F*CK this country.

  • Werewabbit - 2012-10-24 15:18

    Until we know the budget the number is irrelevant, and any comments would be in ignorance. looking forward to seeing the break down. funny how no one ever complains when rugby takes money from SASCOC.

  • graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-10-24 15:19

    and who will ensure that the kleptocratic administrators dont embezzle the bulk of it?

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