FIFA give SA R685m bonus

2010-12-14 07:15

Johannesburg - South Africa was given a R685 million bonus by soccer's world controlling body FIFA on Monday for hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

"We trusted South Africa and that trust was well-founded," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in launching the 2010 FIFA Legacy Trust at Soccer City, in Johannesburg.

"FIFA are not a circus where we pitch our tent and remove them when the event is over," he said.

"FIFA will leave a lasting legacy for the youth of South Africa thanks to this successful World Cup."

Blatter said the 2010 Legacy Trust would benefit the development and the education of South African children.

"Education and development plus health care will be in South Africa thanks to the World Cup and this Trust," he said.

He said R137 million of the bonus had already been used to build SAFA House, next to the FNB Stadium south of Johannesburg, before the World Cup, which kicked off in June.

Accepting the remainder of the bonus, president Jacob Zuma said the tournament had reaffirmed a common South African and African identity, had boosted the country's economy, and that South Africans could look back on it with pride.

"We wanted a World Cup that would contribute to social cohesion and national pride, that would enhance African solidarity and improve the country’s global reputation. Our expectations were exceeded," he said.

The World Cup had also underlined the need for investment in football development to build world class football teams.

"To achieve this, we want to see greater emphasis on the revival of school sports from next year," said Zuma.

"Also important is, we have committed ourselves to ensuring the provision of sports facilities in the poorer communities as part of rural development focus."

Zuma said that, being a developing country, South Africa had wanted the tournament to be about more than just football.

"We wanted Africa’s first World Cup to be a continental showpiece that was owned by all Africans, and we want it to leave a developmental legacy."

Now that South Africa had achieved its goal of hosting the tournament, there remained the difficult, but important task of ensuring a lasting legacy in soccer and social development.

Blatter, who stuck his neck out to bring the World Cup to Africa for the first time in FIFA’s history, described the bonus as a reward to South Africa for being a great host.

"We have always said that the first FIFA World Cup on African soil should leave a lasting sports and social legacy once the tournament is over," he said.

"I am proud, but more happy than proud after this first ever World Cup in South Africa. I had confidence and now South Africa has shown the world they were up to hosting the World Cup."

He said South Africa had led the way in breaking new ground for future World Cups.

"We are taking the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and in 2022 to Qatar. Neither country have hosted a World Cup event.

"South Africa’s showed the way to go. It was not easy bringing the World Cup here, but we succeeded and look forward to breaking new ground in Russia and Qatar."


  • Amos Moledi - 2010-12-13 17:28

    nice but I hope enerst and young does a better job buy making sure the vultures don't waste this money. NO BONUSES

      Gavin - 2010-12-14 11:05

      Wow,i`am sure Government can`t wait to get hold of all that cash,good times are here again hahahah

      devils-adv - 2010-12-14 11:49

      This money won't even make it to South African shores. It will be distributed amoungst the fat cat off-shore accounts. FIFA is just another corrupt corporation with too much power.

  • Phineas Cage - 2010-12-13 18:26

    Fifa & SB should start paying what they owe the hosting cities and stop these patronising gestures while they continue enriching themselves. Trust fund??? ffs we are not children

  • Phineas Cage - 2010-12-13 18:30

    Fifa & SB should start paying the hosting cities what they owe them and stop these patronising gestures while the continue to enrich themselves. Trust fund??? Please - we are not children

      Madiks - 2010-12-14 08:03

      Trust fund is exactly what we need. The 'children' whom you claim you're not will benefit immensely from that fund. Kirsten Nematandani has been preaching football development ever since it was known that SAFA will be given this amount. And he is the one who's been punting the trust fund for such a development. If managed well there will always be resources for football development. Just don't let Irvin Khoza anywhere the money, otherwise we'll learn of huge bonusses soccer bosses will earn. Just like he did at the PSL.

  • Perfume - 2010-12-13 18:39

    Mr Blatter I pray that this money will be used to develop football, education etc, we have people in government that have veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy long fingers, and will think that this money is a gift from you for them to buy BMWs, go on a shopping spree, jet off abroad to purchase bags and shoes, and eat in fancy restaurants!!!!!! Ernst & Young better keep an eye on this money and they need to make sure that the money is used properly to advance the youth of all RACES in South Africa!!!!

  • Proffie - 2010-12-13 19:24

    Almost 20 bloody years, and the 'previously' disadvantaged are still disadvantaged? The mind boggles. More snout in the trough methinks.

  • Disebo - 2010-12-13 19:45

    I hope the money gets directed to the said projects and doent end up in the pockets of some crooks in our sysytem.

  • Baby Ewing - 2010-12-13 20:44

    Watch this space. E&Y will have their hands full that's for sure.

  • marco - 2010-12-13 21:24

    SkySportsnews in their report today centering around this very subject of Blatter and his Fifa entourage visiting SA said that only a 100 people attended a South African Football Premier League match last weekend and that at a Kaiser Chiefs match,one of the our biggest footballclubs if not the biggest one in South Africa,had less than 6000 people attending the match at Soccercity,JHB, which as they say has a capacity of 94000.Where are all the people then?No money I suspect.But then again journalist from South Africa commenting on this sad state of affairs tells SKY it's primarily down to our ticketing prices by the sounds of it which seems to fluctuate most of the time oneday it goes up and the next day it goes down again and this K@K happens all the time then they put the prices and then they drop their asking prices they can't seem to wanna make up their minds what they want these football gremlins.South Korea had the very same problem apparently after their co-hosting of the worldcup with Japan in 2002 in filling stadiums.So it's not a new phenomena neither is it unique to South Africa.South Korea 8years after hosting the event still can't fill their football stadiums to capacity.The British media seems to be stuck in a rut thinking we can't host any other events other than football in these stadiums and somehow they was built primarily for football,I beg to differ.But it is a concern though having potential white elephants.

      Ockert - 2010-12-14 08:44

      What other events , and how often do you have music concerts if this is what you had in mind, and who will attend and with what money ?, to many questions and definitely no enough answers to maitain the white elephants.

      Neyven - 2010-12-14 09:39

      And don't think these stadiums are fully paid for yet. For the next 20 years or so the SA taxpayer will be paying off the debts incurred in building these stadiums, with no reckoning of the cost of maintenance that will be required. Or does the government think that, like the roads, the fairies will do the maintenance.

  • Heinz - 2010-12-14 00:49

    Thank you Sepp, I know you will make sure that this money is being spent in a correct manner. You did a great job of running this country for a full month earlier this year.... I nominate you for our next president ! Nearly one billion rand is being pumpt into our economy through FIFA, and what does our government do at the very same time... they write off a one billion debt by Cuba... back to square one, makes you think :-(

      mba - 2010-12-14 09:10

      It's worse! We spent upwards of R30 billion on stadiums and back-handers, so we are actually R29 billion in the red - with great white elephants and the irritating vuvuzela as our legacy. I want to know how much FIFA made from this?

  • Orosman - 2010-12-14 07:44

    Paying out the "BONUS" is like winning some crumbs at the casino. They take the big stuff and give a small percentage of the winnings away. We are spoken to and dealt with as if we are backward. Further, it was the vote that brought soccer to South AFRICA not an individual.

      Sechaba - 2010-12-14 11:17

      what do u expect FIFA or Casino owners to do? Make money and give it all away? Sometimes guys like u are unreasonable.

  • Zoolie - 2010-12-14 07:45

    Just one question. Didn`t you say the bonus was going to be 1 Billion. S.A. goverment has been taken for @rse again. lol you idiots.

  • Karoobloed - 2010-12-14 07:45

    Great, let's send it to Cuba.

      Gavin - 2010-12-14 11:55

      Hahahaha,great one

  • Bren - 2010-12-14 07:46

    Wooooohoooooo Christmas bonuses for all senior government officials.........BUT IT IS IN A TRUST.............This is the gravy train my friend there is not a trust in the world that can stop us using and abusing all this cash and you know what my 8 bedroomed house is getting a little small so we must use the the money for the education and development of my family

  • Martin - 2010-12-14 07:56

    Can we PLEEEEAASEE keep this article close by - lets say just for a year or two - and then do a follow up on exactly how this funds were distributed!! Although we all (most) united for the world cup, and we all "vang gees", this will almost certainly be distributed to only certain groups and areas.....and almost most certainly various very happy ministers!!!! This was everybody's World Cup...but please, please, do an article in a year or two!!!

  • Jim - 2010-12-14 08:10

    Bonus in vain, this has been spent as we speak. The country will not smell a cent.

  • Fred - 2010-12-14 08:13

    There will be some very happy SAFA and government officials as they reap this bonus that will go straight into the pig-trough. "What about development?" you might say. Well SAFA and the government only TALK about development to get votes and be able to keep their snouts in the trough. Surely there must be a way that the money can be locked away from these greedy pigs, and supervised by some responsible people to actually use it to develop football at grass-roots and club level to take children off the streets and bring some talent into the top teams and of course into our national team.

  • Viv - 2010-12-14 08:16

    Hope some of the bonus money is put back into the coffers of the public who paid for the stadiums out of our tax money. Bwhahahah who am I kidding - straight into the ANC's back pocket it will go to waste on some other stupid celebration.

  • awwgee - 2010-12-14 08:32

    Next articel on this subject will be - trust fund has no funds!!!safa and anc will make sure this goes into the gravy train, and those that need it will benefit nothign from this. Already they are saying that safa house came from these funds - guess that this needs to go back to safa in the form of the beginning of the bonus splurge! this is good old SA at it's best!!!!!

  • Ockert - 2010-12-14 08:40

    And how does this compare to money spent ?, and the upkeep of the stadia ?, and we have another building worth R137m which has to be maintained. This is miniscule in relation to the expenses by SA and the Tax Payers and profits made by FIFA.... Sepp says he brought the WC to South Africa - I thought there was a vote, and he is taking it to Russia and Quatar - also a vote ??... Management consultants will manage the funds into their companies bank accounts

  • Anton - 2010-12-14 09:00

    Julius, zuma and the inner circle are already rubbing the filthy hands in glee because of this early christmas bonus that the great THIEVA have given em

      japie - 2010-12-14 09:33

      Now Zuma can buy his seventh 750iL and afford his next 13 wives.

  • Makwassie - 2010-12-14 09:07

    All this will disappear into the pockets of politicians, guarenteed! Ho about establishing a soccer school where disadvantaged white kids can learn?

  • Pleb - 2010-12-14 09:17

    Zuma Blatter & Valcke Three of a kind - rotten to the core

  • rodneykdc - 2010-12-14 09:44

    Blatter & Madoff look like family , act like family , maybe they are family !!!!

  • Fastbowler - 2010-12-14 10:18

    More money for the sandmakers to share out amongst themselves

  • flowingr77 - 2010-12-14 10:20

    moorse more gravy............................

  • SUPER C - 2010-12-14 10:53

    They might have just as well paid in directly into the bank accounts of the government officials. At least they would have saved the bank cost...

  • Sanity_Check - 2010-12-14 11:09

    It is funny that Fifa only paid SA after they secured the next soccer host nation....

  • jacobus.dejager - 2010-12-14 11:26

    Why didn't the stupid government just paid out R685m to whoe-ever, and kept the rest of the R30 billion they wasted on the WORLDCUP, and build some houses and infrastructure, create soem jobs? Rocket science, really.

  • AJ - 2010-12-14 11:32

    "R137 million of the bonus had already been used to build SAFA House" - what an absolute travesty (and n surprise). We just have to have another monument don't we. I'd rather have put down a couple of hundred football fields in deprived areas and have hired a groundsman for each of them for the next 15 years. But what do I know...clealry the money is better spent on an expensive administrative building with all the mod-cons etc. Disgraceful, how out of touch can one be?

      SiphovdMerwe - 2010-12-14 15:55

      Exactly, why does SAFA need to spend R137 bars on a building while other institutions have proven that you can at least rent, and use the other millions to generate more interest. Yeah, what do I know too?

      Sedick - 2010-12-17 12:26

      Agree. And how did the R137m building help improve the soccer in SA? SAFA is representation of the government fat-cats - how we look after ourselves, and talk about improving the lot of the mindless masses that vote for us....

  • Matthew Wilke - 2010-12-14 11:41

    PHEEW... Now we have the money to cover the yooooth party in pretoria...

  • shmangle - 2010-12-14 11:42

    BMW's and Mercs for everybody!!!!! (everybody who's somebody in guvverment that is)

      SiphovdMerwe - 2010-12-14 15:55


  • Fizzpants - 2010-12-14 16:08

    Now what would a law-abiding, respectful and honest individual do with this money. Well they wouldn't give it to JZ for a start......

  • Zion - 2010-12-14 19:46

    Highly unlikely that the trust fund will do anything for underprivileged children. Will probably disappear into already over-stuffed pockets.via a myriad means of justification.

  • flik - 2010-12-15 10:24

    Ummm, R137 million for SAFA house? Is it made out of Gold? I am assuming that is the head quarters for Soccer? Absolutely pathetic.

  • LUFC - 2010-12-17 12:45

    hahahah! that 865million is NEVER going to go into development. It'll go straight into the pockets of anyone in power in this country. Absolute joke. Everyone in power is greedy. There is no exception it seems.

  • vunene.renny - 2010-12-17 14:28

    Wow!!!! wooo!!!!!! woooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! christmas bockieeeeessssy!!!!!!! for Governmet and ANC. supposed to take care of poor family and stop building stupid Toll Gates. The poor are going to suffer, where are they going to get money to pay for these Toll Gates? Now they got money from FIFA and they can pay the bills. Please politician don't touch that money?

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