Afcon to cost SA R400m

2012-05-25 12:58

Johannesburg - Hosting the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is projected to cost South Africa R400 million, according to Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe.

However, the costs of the event will be finalised next month after a meeting with the National Treasury.

"The broader terms are still to be finalised with Treasury," Mbebe told reporters in Johannesburg on Friday.

"We have projected a budget, obviously, with the opening and closing ceremony being the big (events)."

A clearer idea of costs would emerge at the end of June.

The LOC still has to hold talks with continental soccer body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the sponsors, to clear certain rights. The plan is to bring local private sponsors on board to help reduce government's costs.

"There are areas we are still in discussions with (CAF) where we'll concentrate on areas that can reduce the budget," Mbebe said.

"Also for instance, CAF has their telecommunication partners and they have allowed us to negotiate directly with them to create space to utilise a local company."

Apart from the ceremonies earmarked for FNB Stadium, the country's biggest sporting venue will stage a double header to open the tournament in January. There will be 1.2 million tickets available for the duration of the soccer showpiece across the five hosting cities.

The success of next year's tournament will be measured by the number of spectators attending the 44 matches, particularly those not involving hosts Bafana Bafana. The LOC said 25 percent of the ticket revenue would go the five cities.

"Soccer City (FNB Stadium) will be full for the two games we will have there," Mbebe said.

"Sure, the total number of tickets is substantial, but we will get close to that number. The ticket structure and price will be affordable because we'll take into consideration the festive break and parents sending kids back to school. We have been allowed accommodation, airline, car rental, and transport activities. We have also been allowed to look at things like logistics and freight."

The LOC was finalising the tendering process for the ceremonies, merchandising, hospitality, and ticketing, with advertisements going out from next Sunday.

The committee would visit the five cities - Port Elizabeth, Durban, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, and Johannesburg - within the next two weeks.


  • simon.richansen - 2012-05-25 13:03

    Is that cost including or excluding income? Are we not even trying to make an event that at least breaks even?

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-05-25 14:50

      no worries, just get vodacom to fit the bill with all their billions invested in soccer!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-25 15:28

      Tax money. Another huge waste while people go hungry.

  • Ian - 2012-05-25 13:12

    thats a relief...thought it was going to cost us more than that...phew...

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-25 15:00

      Just like every other cost of these events end up a lot more in the end!

  • Rob - 2012-05-25 13:16

    That is nothing. When the black taxi association pay their outstanding billion(s) in fines, there will still be some over !

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-25 13:21

    disgusting waste of money by the elite who of course are the only ones who will benefit from hosting the games.

  • Mark - 2012-05-25 13:39

    Add that to the bill they've incurred with the e-tolls fiasco and you've got to be asking yourself where all the money's going to come from. Given that BB couldn't beat the blind school I'd say that we're on a hiding to nothing here.

  • Koos - 2012-05-25 14:02

    Glad CT showed them the finger.

      Dawood - 2012-05-25 14:25

      Cape Town got the finger!!!!!

      Rob - 2012-05-25 15:00

      Looks like Dawood is getting the finger.

      mark.ross.779 - 2012-05-25 15:06

      Haha, why are Cape Towners so damn defensive? The venue didn't fit the criteria. I love Cape Town so don't get all offended now, but sheesh.. Say something bad about it/a concert or event doesn't go there and everyone acts affronted. God forbid someone paints the mountain with a penis

      Freddy - 2012-05-27 08:55

      Which finger? The middle one?

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-27 18:04

      @Drywood, nope we gave your corrupt govament da middle finger so that they can go f@ck themselves. Too come and present a substandard tournament in SA and expect us to pay while they wait in anticipation to steal whatever money comes in!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-25 14:03

    I wonder how much of this is going to land up in somebody's pocket?

      Freddy - 2012-05-27 08:53

      Good question and how much corruption must the taxpayer put up with?

  • Dennis - 2012-05-25 14:21

    We could build a couple of houses with that R400 000 000 but ............!!

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 14:23

    TAX BOYCOTT TAX BOYCOTT Boycott the goverment. Don't pay your taxes. Thay want to do every thing with out serious consultation. It cost us at the end.

  • Loo - 2012-05-25 14:28

    Once again hosting a "national pride" event with a team that's going to be at the bottom of the log once again. Im tired of us hosting events we can ill afford and then not even have a team which we can send on the field with pride..... Doesnt make sense

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 14:30

    400 000 000 will turn out to be 4 billion the way they calculate.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 14:33

      Lets try trillion, zero's doesn't bother them at all. Mogabe thought them the right way.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-25 15:07

    At the end of the day do the general public benefit, I think not. The costs should not have to come out of the taxpayer coffers, but that of the sporting body and sponsors. Just like it was stated on the Gauteng Roads upgrade not every person will use these freeways, so by the same token not every person goes to and or watches soccer. For this reason it is unfair the taxpayer should foot the bill.

      Hugo - 2012-05-25 18:52

      dont be so pessimistic,atleast that will keep the eyes of the world on us and boost our image somewhat as a nation that delivers on time,on the plus the ANC tends to behave when all eyes are on us,smile

      Koos - 2012-05-26 07:36

      The world will watch real soccer. Not the farce played in Africa.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-05-25 15:34

    This is shocking. Just like all projects where the government is involved in this will in all likelihood more than double in the end, and for what? If SAFA cannot pay, the event should not hosted here. And why can't SAFA pay? Will it be profitable in any way whatsoever, short or long term? Methinks not.

      Hugo - 2012-05-25 18:53

      actually SAFA is hosting not gov(SAFA is a private entity like SARU,they are not funded by gov)

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-26 06:45

      Is SAFA hosting and paying all costs. just a question? There is a difference between hosting and paying.

  • Noah - 2012-05-25 15:46

    They have not included all the sporting officials and cronies that will be staying in 5 star hotels, go to the game parks afterwards, have a free rental car or limousine, and airline tickets paid for by the taxpayer.

  • Kuveshan - 2012-05-25 16:17

    I guess this dispels all doubts about whether our country is a democracy or not......

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-25 16:29

    R400million rand could have bought every grade twelve pupil an Apple Mac Note Book. Or every high school learner a top of the range Samsung note pad with free access to the internet for a year. The mind boggles at how the government is intent on wasting money on all the things the youth don't really need, when it can't even deliver text books. If the government wanted to spend money on soccer why not buy all school going kids boots, this will do more than AFCON in promoting the game to the youngsters. Now all we need is for Bafanna Bafanna to be knocked out in the first round. It will probably cause a riot.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-27 09:16

      @Glen you mirror my sentiments exactly - with the Apple/Samsung etc (and a FREE 3G Card) they could bring MATHS free to every pupil: - also Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Art history, Banking & Money, Biology, Computer Science, Finance, Health Care, Organic Chemistry, Statistics. What is more, there is also QUALITY, FREE education offered on: The approach to Education needs to take precedence - not stupid "image building" soccer tournaments - where did the Soccer World Cup get us? It only got money into the pockets of FIFA and SAFU - same with Cricket SA!

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-25 17:15

    Now go tell the poor who have noting to eat why there's no money available to help them... STOP wasting money on stupid non-productive things you MORONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • maama.bujju - 2012-05-25 17:41

    i love SOUTH AFRICA is gud in such things like spending and organising but in the end how wil the perfomance be for the hosts u prefer participating to compete. goodluck with ur budget.

  • Roy - 2012-05-25 20:12

    I think its time to start looking at the cost of having experienced private auditors on board from the outset to put an end to abuse and theft of public funds. I'm sure it'll be a lot cheaper than the current litigation costs we, the taxpayer, are burdened with each time a cadre is caught with their hands inside the till, not to mention the cost of having to pay their fatcat salary for a year or two while they're on suspension.

  • Carol - 2012-05-26 20:08

    Is this the only way Bafana can qualify for the African Cup of Nations???? I would also like to ask how much of that is going into your pocket Mvuzo Mbebe??? I guess this is the only way the stadiums built for the 2010 World Cup will be utilized. What a total waste of money, time and effort.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-27 08:47

    One condition that must be met for hosting the Afcon in 2013: NO TAXPAYER'S MONEY TO BE USED! There are fundemental reasons for this. One of them is that the event does not put food on the people's table.

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