Fifa’s trust millions ‘will change lives’

2012-04-21 17:31

Money from the R450 million deposited by Fifa into the 2010 World Cup Legacy Programme will be distributed from December this year.

Chairperson Danny Jordaan warned that stringent rules would be applied and the trust was “not a charitable organisation and will benefit only deserving individuals and organisations”.

Application forms will be available on the Safa website, www.safa.net, from June 1.

“Our challenge is to make sure the money is used for what it is intended, hence we are going to have tough measures in place. We are going to vet organisations and people to ensure they are not ‘ghosts’ before approving any submission,” said Jordaan.

He was, however, confident that it would change the lives of South African people.

“I will be happy if we can make a maximum impact through this World Cup legacy. We don’t want to fund projects for organisations that are not worth it. This is the legacy we have always been talking about and we encourage people to prepare their submissions because we want to change lives.”

He added that the money would not only benefit people involved in soccer.

“The World Cup was for all South Africans and we will not look at football people only. This money will go towards humanitarian relief, education and social responsibilities.

“There are still outstanding issues we need to deal with, like how much we need to spend each year and whether we should invest some money in order to grow. We can easily spend R45 million every year and it be finished in 10 years, or R100 million and it will be gone in four years. But once we get the applications we will get an indication of how we must respond.”

Head of Legacy Programmes Greg Fredericks said there would be two categories of funding.

He said those applying for R10 000 or less would have to send an application form accompanied by a letter of support from their local association to prove that they were in good standing, but there would be no need for them to have bank accounts as money would be paid directly to suppliers.

“Those who need more than R10 000 will have to give us a business plan, a financial statement accompanied by their constitution and a motivation.”

A panel of judges will scrutinise every application and make recommendations to the board,” said Fredericks.

People will be appointed to monitor all the projects.

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