Cape Town - There are just six weeks to go before World Rugby votes on
the host of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, but South Africa's bid's strength is that
the country is already equipped to host the tournament.
South Africa’s bid team told World Rugby recently in London that
the country was ready to deliver a Rugby World Cup tomorrow because of the
existing infrastructure, the host cities, the government support, and because
of the people’s love for rugby in this country.
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in addressing
World Rugby’s Council, reaffirmed the government’s absolute commitment to
making the tournament a spectacular success. He emphasised the government’s
commitment was borne out in a financial tournament guarantee of £160 million, that was £40 million in excess of the required £120 million.
‘The people and government of South Africa are wholeheartedly
behind SA Rugby’s bid. We have proven we can deliver.'
Sports Minister, Thulas Nxesi, said: ‘South Africa’s bid is
simple. We promise a tournament that delivers on every single bid requirement.
‘We don’t need to build new stadia or upgrade old ones; we don’t
need to find hotel rooms and you don’t need to worry about the guarantees. We
don’t need to pass new legislation. Every last detail of the required
specification is already in place.’
The World Rugby (bid) seven-priority objectives are:
and infrastructure commensurate with a top-tier major event
and enforceable public and private sector guarantees
commercially successful event with a fully funded, robust financial model
excellence through an integrated and experienced delivery team
vision that engages and inspires domestic and international audiences and contributes
to the growth of rugby at all levels
enabling environment of political and financial stability that respects the
diversity of Rugby’s World Cup’s global stakeholders
environment and climate suited to top-level sport in a geography that allows
maximum fan mobility
South African Rugby Union Chief Executive and bid team leader
Jurie Roux detailed South Africa’s existing infrastructure and super stadia as
among the country’s many bid advantages.
‘Our stadia allow us to place more tickets on sale than ever
before; a South African Rugby World Cup would make available 2.9 million seats -
400 000 more than the highly successful England 2015 tournament.
‘We were asked to provide eight venues, the smallest of which must
have a minimum capacity of 15 000, but we offer eight venues - purpose built
for rugby and requiring no upgrading - with the smallest one offering a fully
seated capacity of 43 500.
‘And we will host the largest-ever Rugby World Cup final with
87 436 fans at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.
‘Most importantly this will be the most player-centric tournament
ever; it will be unprecedented in comfort, convenience and support.’
Africa, as a country would also prosper commercially, financially and in terms
of job creation and global profile.
South Africa 2023 would have a R27 billion direct, indirect and
induced economic impact on South Africa; R5.7 billion would flow to low-income
households; 38 600 temporary or permanent jobs would be sustained and there
would be an estimated R1.4 billion tax benefit to the government.