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SA LOOKS set to cough up hundreds of millions of rand for hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Unlike the soccer World Cup, “commercial opportunities are limited”, Afcon local organising committee (LOC) chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe told MPs yesterday.
The committee is responsible for most of the costs linked to the tournament, including transporting players and referees to SA, their accommodation, security and the upkeep of the stadiums.
The production of the opening and closing ceremonies will cost the Department of Arts and Culture an estimated R80 million, according to documents submitted to the portfolio committee on sport and recreation.
The Department of Higher Education is to pay R30m towards training stewards and volunteers.
The Department of Sport and Recreation has been asked to pay more than R52m to cover expenses such as the teams’ accommodation, international flights and transport.
The five host cities – eThekwini, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, Mbombela and Joburg – are to pay for the teams and referees’ accommodation and local transport. This is to cost four of the five cities more than R85m. The LOC is to contribute another R57m.
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