CT urged to host AFCON event

2012-04-17 08:24

Cape Town -  The Cape Chamber of Commerce has urged the City of Cape Town to host African Cup of Nations matches next year as it will boost business, it was reported on Tuesday.

Chamber chairman Michael Bagraim told the Cape Times it would benefit the city in the long run.

"Soccer is good for the city. It puts us on the map, brings tourists from Africa especially and brings money into the coffers of even the smallest businesses," he said.

The city missed the deadline for the signing of host city agreements last Friday, saying the costs were too high and uncertain as the estimated R27 million could balloon to R40 million.

It suggested that organisers pay 25 percent of costs and the National Treasury guarantee 50 percent.

The city and the Western Cape government would cover the remaining 25 percent.

Mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Grant Pascoe, told the newspaper the city was still interested in hosting matches.

The SA Football Association would likely make a host city decision on Thursday.


  • Ian - 2012-04-17 08:30

    afcon is a mickey mouse event...very few travelling fans (most of whom live here illegally anyway), if we lost money from the world cup, we'll lose much more out of this event...complete waste of time and money

      Malcolm - 2012-04-17 08:57

      I was against the World cup far more then most, but in all fairness one of the reasons the world cup was a waste of money was that we had to build a bunch of overpriced useless stadiums for them. Unless I am missing something AFCON does not require this, so while hosting the AFCON might lose money (and I really hope they will do their homework on this) I definitely don't think its a certainty and definitely not based on the logic you are applying.

      zybt99 - 2012-04-17 08:58

      Clearly you were in Australia in 96. Btw why would the planets best players make a fuss about a mickey mouse tournament...

      Biggs - 2012-04-17 08:58

      I bet you would say that if it was rugby ?

      Cris - 2012-04-17 09:17

      Ian you have no idea what you are talking about. This tournament is loved by all overseas big teams from Arsenal to Zarrogoza because it brings them new talent. Its a scouts dream. It turns players into millionaires over night. Real millionaires not just Rand millionaires. It also depends on the hosts to promote it adequately and SA and SAFA are more than capable. They can host a successful tourney like they have before. So be a bit positive patriot!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-17 09:23

      Only one Mickey mouse here, This comment is jealousy amplified. RSA is one of only 2 countries in the world that has hosted the Cricket , Rugby and Soccer world cups. What was the the Old Governments record..... NATA. All these events have taken place under the Reign of an ANC government.

      Rob - 2012-04-17 09:35

      Ja, we are one of two countries to host Rugby, Cricket & Soccer World cups & under the ANC regime's reign nogal. BUT we have also " hosted " thousands upon thousands of murders, hi-jackings, rapes, instances of corruption, missmanagement of tax payers money AND protests about lack of service delivery. Yes indeed, we have much to be proud of under the ANC reign ! NOT !!!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-17 09:39

      Not relevant to this article,

      Rob - 2012-04-17 09:48

      Not relevant !!!! Here you are cheering on the fact that we have had all these world cups under ANC reign, whilst millions are unemployed, have lack of basic facilities & in many cases unable to feed themselves. What ! Hosting world cups, makes everything else ok ? Not relevant to someone like you maybe, but in the greater scheme of things, very relevant & certainly nothing to be proud of that it is under " ANC REIGN. "

      bluzulu - 2012-04-17 09:53

      Rob, There is irrefutable evidence that RSA uis moving forward rapidly unfortunately many like yourself are so wrapped in Hatred you donot even consider the facts. RSA has alot to transform , just look at our GDP since 2002.....That sevidence enough. The hatred leads many to see the glass half empty however I and many see it as half full and getting better, Thanks.

      Cris - 2012-04-17 10:06

      Rob whites in RSA have the highest standard of living of any other white country except Sweden, Canada and Norway. Unemployment rate for whites in SA is less than 6%. In spain its more than 20 % in USA its around 15% in the UK its 12% so as a white person you have a better chance here than any other country except the 3 I mentioned above earlier. Don't be consumed by hate so much that you don't see this GVT has actually been good you. Whether by default or design.

      Rob - 2012-04-17 10:10

      BluZulu & Cris. Ja, sorry man, I forgot. When Whites criticise, we are haters. Damn ! I would imagine the real haters are out there doing the murdering, raping & thieving.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-17 10:36

      No Rob, Your past posts have dealt to your credibility, ""Breeders""....Remember ?

      Cris - 2012-04-17 10:50

      Rob the ones doing the thieving and killing as you put it are doing it to everybody regardless of political affiliation so how you can blame that on ANC is beyond logic. Nothing wrong with criticism but believe me if its got a hint of racism some of us pick it up.

  • Graham - 2012-04-17 08:39

    Would CT be guaranteed a Bafana Bafana game?

  • Ricky - 2012-04-17 09:03

    Waste of money,the tourists from africa will stay illegally after the event. Schoolboy soccer is more entertaining then african soccer

  • Thabiso - 2012-04-17 09:06

    I don't think a Lily White Bright Coloured Cape Town and Western Cape deserve AFCON or anything from Africans in General; which they refer to as illegal Immigrants or Refugees, LOC must do away with staging matches in this Apartheid State of South Africa.

      Malcolm - 2012-04-17 09:17

      Lily white? Seriously have you even been here? 'Whites' make up only 18% of the population here... You sire are an ignorant racist twit

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-17 09:45

      @Thabiso it sounds as though you have been listening to the rubbish that Jimmy Manyi spouts about "too many coloureds in the Cape" - what unaduterated, unfounded racist nonsense you spout in these columns.

      Cape - 2012-04-17 10:09

      If Cape Town is " Lily White Bright Coloured" then Joburg is "Pitch Black Dull Greyscale". I know where I would prefer to live.

      marcusvandermerwe - 2012-04-17 10:19


      Harald - 2012-04-17 12:27

      hahaha... ur an idiot dude!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-19 19:07

      Thabiso.. best run city in SA.. LOC is crap.. thats why the cities(incl Joburg) doesnt want it.. No freebies here

  • Cris - 2012-04-17 09:31

    an you have no idea what you are talking about. This tournament is loved by all overseas big teams from Arsenal to Zarrogoza because it brings them new talent. Its a scouts dream. It turns players into millionaires over night. Real millionaires not just Rand millionaires. It also depends on the hosts to promote it adequately and SA and SAFA are more than capable. They can host a successful tourney like they have before. So be a bit positive patriot!

      Ally - 2012-04-17 09:54

      You pay for it and you can hold it in Cape Town. Don't expect the city's ratepayers to fork out millions for overseas clubs to go on a talent-scouting expedition. It should not cost the city anything. So Cris, the anti brigade are being patriotic; we are protecting our finances.

      Cris - 2012-04-17 10:08

      The anti brigade is being racist and is hiding behind the issue of protecting \our funds\ That's how I see it.

      Ally - 2012-04-17 10:41

      The anti brigade is mainly black and we all know blacks can't be racists.

      Cris - 2012-04-17 10:52

      Ally you can't prove any of what you said there unless its an attempt at sarcasm.

  • Koos - 2012-04-17 09:43

    If business wants it let them pay for it. Simple. It is not the citizens of Cape Town that will benifit from this event. It is just the opposite. They will have to pay the inflated prices for everything they buy during that period, apart from the criminal element that come with holding such an event.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-19 19:08

      My sentiments exactly.. Talk big then the Chamber of commerce must get the sponsorship for the tournament.. They do jack for the man in the street.

  • marcusvandermerwe - 2012-04-17 09:46

    SAFA can't even arrange a friendly against a low rank African team, why do you people still think they can organise the AFCON. The 2010 WC was really the work of FIFA let's be honest. Secondly, Bafana are so useless, Mali probably gonna knock us out in the first round and then all the stadiums gonna be empty anyway. Thirdly, remember the 96' AFCON? Remember all the empty stadiums? South Africans not very keen to watch Namibia and Algeria. It's bad enough we (5 million tax payers) are still paying for the 2010 WC, now let's add to the bill. I say let's use the money to fund the construction of highways and do away with e-tolling.

      Hugo - 2012-04-17 13:04

      yes I remeber the 96 tourney,though I was still a lightie.Stadiums empty,well you would know but the Bafana matches were pure madness,stadiums filled to the rufters and all,come afcon 2013 maybe we will relive the 2013 expirience.

  • Ally - 2012-04-17 09:50

    Put your money where your mouth is, Chamber of Commerce. If you want this minor event in the city, negotiate with Safa, sponsors etc etc and take it on. But leave the City of Cape Town out of it. Ratepayers should not be strong-armed into footing the bill --- and Safa cannot even begin to estimate how much it will cost.

      celeste.rsa - 2012-04-17 13:29

      My feelings exactly. Why must the Cape Town ratepayers be saddled with this? If business wants it here, let them sponsor it.

  • Jabulani - 2012-04-17 09:51

    What a country on its own?

  • Anton - 2012-04-17 10:52

    Cape Town stadium is going to be empty as we are going to get the 3rd rate teams playing here. Michael Bagraim notmally speaks sense, but to say that it will bring cash to Cape Town is total nonsense. All that will happen is that the tax payer will spend money on hotels

      Hugo - 2012-04-17 13:05

      you reckon you know better than he?

  • Chris - 2012-04-17 13:37

    If only we had a side that could compete maybe it would bring us all together again as our nation is falling apart due to corruption and mismanagement get the right poeple for the right jobs black white brown blue does not matter just poeple that know what they are doing in thier respective fields. love you SOUTH AFRICA YOU ARE STILL THE BEST for how much longer only the goverment can tell us.

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