CT snub AFCON event?

2012-04-10 07:28

Cape Town - Cape Town's R4.5 billion stadium may not be used for next year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON) because the city and football authorities are squabbling, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that AFCON has accused the city of dragging its heels because the event is African while the city is bemoaning high costs.

AFCON 2013 chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe told the newspaper: "Just because it's Africa, now the costs are too high".

He said AFCON's requirements were much lower than the soccer World Cup.

"What we've asked cities is that they must contribute accommodation, pay for catering at various VIP areas, security and referee costs."

Marketing and tourism mayoral committee member Grant Pascoe said the city had refused to pay the R26 million hosting price tag in the best interest of ratepayers.

"But we are serious about getting AFCON here," he said.

The province hit out at the SA Football Association, saying the AFCON 2013 demands "limitless guarantees" and would bankrupt host cities.

Mbebe said three cities had signed hosting agreements and another had made an undertaking to sign, giving four host cities.


  • Koos - 2012-04-10 07:58

    Why should the city pay for the use of their own stadium? If SAFA wants to host a game there, let them pay the fees. I bet all the other cities are ancESTOR run cities. Taxpayers will foot the bills again.

      John - 2012-04-10 16:27

      What isn't mentioned in this article is that it's not only Cape Town that is refusing to pay these costs...other cities are also refusing....instead of accusing both sides of squabbling and/or racism etc... question what the author of this article is aiming to accomplish....more media hype about CPT vs the rest of South Africa? News24 needs to be questioned from time to time...

      John - 2012-04-10 16:27

      I meant Sports24 and/or News24....

      John - 2012-04-14 03:24

  • johanttblom - 2012-04-10 08:02

    Cape Town is making a stand for rate payers and citizens in every city in this country that will host the AFCON 2013 because the deployed cadres in other cities don't have the balls to stand up for what is right. \r\n\r\nThe racists won't be able to realise this but then again racism is a function of a low IQ and EQ .

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-10 08:04

    If it was rugby Cape Town City would have been prepared to pay R1 billion but because Africans would be coming to watch these games they come with some useless excuses. How much are they paying per month to mantain a stadium no one wants to use. Why don't they just demolish it. Its the only White elephent stadium in the world Thanks to DA.

      grenville.felton - 2012-04-10 08:14

      Read the article properly before you shout your mouth off Prick

      Jason - 2012-04-10 08:24

      Sechaba - Lest you forget, there was a rugby cancellation as well.

      Sekalf - 2012-04-10 08:29

      No one will pay 26 mil for second (or even third) tier football headed by an embarrassment called Bafana Bafana

      Craig - 2012-04-10 08:40

      Exactly what happened to the Saracens rugby match game that was planned - it was cancelled - like a previous contributor once noted - Sechaba blew his one and only brain cell out of his Vuvuzela some time ago ..............

      Themba - 2012-04-10 08:58

      this is more of a business decision it seems the AFCON TOURNAMENTS ARE NT PROFITABLE..ONLY SAFA HAVE SUMTHNG 2GAIN.

      Megan - 2012-04-10 09:42

      Sechaba, the DA did not ask for the Stadium to be built. In fact, it was the DA who suggested that the stadium be demolished after the world cup. You obviously don't pay taxes? How on earth, in this current environment, be happy with the limited amount of tax collected being spent on entertainment while others, throughout the country, are starving? It really is simple, if ANY person, organisation or event company want to host an event, then THEY pay for it and recoup the money in ticket sales. I have absolutely no interest in soccore (or rugby for that matter) so why should the tax money that I work my backside off for be spent on something like this?

  • grenville.felton - 2012-04-10 08:11

    Okay there's always a catch pay cost for Gov gravy train passengers and friends take the AFCON and shove it where the sun don't shine.AFCON should cover the costs as we are hosting for them, Oh there must be a few SAFA officials creaming the profits. Well don Western Cape and The DA

  • Xolile - 2012-04-10 08:22

    I would be happy if Durban did the same. Why use R21m of ratepayers money without a guaranteed return in terms of profit? It makes no business sense. The best interest of the citizens is the real issue here and not racism my African brothers and sisters especially you Mr Mbebe that was an unnecessary comment.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-04-10 08:32

    The AFCON committee is really disappointing me. This is very simple... Don't take any game to that expensive white elephant. Rather use what we(Africans) have, then the government must just make sure that no national team plays there anymore. At the moment, that stadium is expensive to maintain and right now, both rugby and football teams don't want to play there because expensive to use it.

      Koos - 2012-04-10 08:38

      So why did your cadres build the white elephant?

      Ze Don - 2012-04-10 08:47

      ALL the WC stadiums are white elephants, so what now? When this exact question was raised before they were constructed, no one wanted to give constructive suggestions about their future use.

      RSole - 2012-04-10 11:55

      @Duncan. It was your "African" parasitic buddies who built the statdium in the first place, leaving , as usual, the tax payer to fix the mess. As far as the government making sure that no one plays at the stadium, those idoits are too busy looting and filling their pockets to worry about some stadium in Cape Town.

      Russell - 2012-04-10 12:58

      @Ze Don. Actually get your facts straight. There have been a lot of PSL matches played at all the WC stadiums such and most of the time, there have been reasonable crowds. There have also bee a lot of concerts at FNB stadium. So please get your facts straight before you write rubbish.

  • Thukza - 2012-04-10 08:33

    Its seems as if Cape Town is the only sober city. The AFCON thieves are demanding too much while they will pocket millions of bonuses themselves and they want the municipalities to foot the bill.

      Gordon - 2012-04-10 09:35

      And there you have the complete explanation in a nutshell.

  • Chris - 2012-04-10 08:34

    Pay R 46 Mil to see our team eliminated (humiliated) in the first round? This money will soon be distributed "Bonuses" to the diligent staff who work tirelessly to line their pockets. This is like hosting a Conference at Sun City and asking the Hotel to foot the bill!

  • Ian - 2012-04-10 08:38

    Pull the stadium down and save the rate payers even more............

  • zybt99 - 2012-04-10 08:54

    M curious before we start screaming how many of you have actually calculated anything? The amount is basically what cities paid in a single game for the swc. Now its too much. We are basically saying we doubt Africa can have the spending power. As a matter of intrest 45 000 people spending R50 is R2,5 mil. No one will make a loss...

      Megan - 2012-04-10 09:45

      Except the tax payers.

      Chris - 2012-04-10 10:43

      I am curious as to where you were educated. 45,000 x R 50.00 = R 2.25 Million. The City has to pay R 26 Million. That means we lose R 23,750,000.00, and you recon no one will make a loss? Since I lack the necessary BEE and family contacts, I will be excluded from benefiting in this Bonanza, so excuse me if I do not get all excited. Rather give it to the ANC run Cities. They will no doubt pocket bribes and blow the budget.

      RSole - 2012-04-10 12:07

      The big difference ,and I canot state it enought, is that the SWC was a World class event marketing the country to the world. What benifit would there be for hosting a Third world soccer event. Who other that Africans(as in the continent) would be interested let alone pay for TV rights. Chris made the rest of my point.

  • Vuyo - 2012-04-10 08:54

    I always thought that people need jobs first before entertainment . This has not been done , instead we see another soccer entertainment . It's worse that it is being made a racism issue by MBEBE . You mean money must be spent just because it is being hosted by africa . Why not create factories with that money ( R26 Million ) .

      David - 2012-04-10 10:02

      The Romans pioneered the idea, simply entertain the masses and keep them sidetracked. It's much easier to host a sporting event that to provide jobs and the hope of a decent life. I wonder how many people that money could educate?

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-10 09:01

    Why should we spend so much money to bail out the very same CAF that did not support our own Danny Jordan and with a team that is underperforming? It seems that as South Africans we always fail to get our priorities right. We really don't have leadership in this country it is not funny. The less said about Sechaba's comments the better.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-04-10 09:04

    SAFA trying to shift the blame for their own incompetence, as usual. What a big surprise. Good on the City of Cape Town for refusing to take the fall on their behalf. Why should taxpayers fork over millions for an event unlikely to benefit us much in the long run? The tourism and marketing potential of this event is a joke compared to the FIFA World Cup. It's not like the rest of the continent isn't already flocking over our borders anyway.

  • Glyn - 2012-04-10 09:08

    Why must Cape Town subsidize a sporting event?

  • Niel - 2012-04-10 09:09

    Well done CT! SAFA made big money during the world cup - why can't they pick up the tab for these \host cities\?

  • Roy - 2012-04-10 09:36

    Cape Town must please not pay this taxpayers money. Rather use it to build houses for people and supply the necessary infrastructure to make our city more beautiful. We must not let AFCON dictate to us.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-10 09:59

    the quality of the football does not deserve the price tag

  • Patrick Cawood - 2012-04-10 10:50

    And how much money would Cape Town make through spectators coming to watch these games? R200million or more? Would love to see all the fugues not just the initial costs before commenting on what a bad idea this is

      Ally - 2012-04-10 11:48

      Believe the general opinion on this site: IT IS A BAD IDEA. Forget about "see all the fugues" (figures), whichever way you look at it, Safa should foot the bill -- after all, it apparently made million/billions out of 2010 WC.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-04-10 12:54

      So SAFA foots the bill and the Cities make millions?? 50/50 maybe?

  • Keith - 2012-04-10 12:45

    In my home province of the western cape we don't need this crap,prank CAF to play their dirty issa hayatou game in our beautiful mother city, these fat cats CAF have betrayed south Africa in several occasions,yet our incompetence SAFA still want to play loyal friend to this stupid guy called issa hayatou, please CAF take your cheap tournament to Zimbabwe to cheer up Mugabe in his death bed, in the western cape province we are saying a big no.

  • Skoees - 2012-04-10 18:57

    I reckon the other host cities signed up without reading the contract properly. It seems the CT authorities are being cautious, and they should be.

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