Government warns of Afcon scams

2012-12-21 08:58

South Africans should be wary of scams linked to the upcoming African Cup of Nations (Afcon) soccer tournament, the trade and industry department has said.

Scams were often prevalent during events such as Afcon, the department said in a statement.

“These scams may typically relate to sale of tickets, offering of hospitality packages or provision of affordable accommodation during the Afcon 2013,” said yesterday.

The department said consumers sometimes could not tell the difference between valid and accredited ticket suppliers versus fake suppliers, often paying large amounts of money for fake tickets.

“Valid match tickets can only be acquired from approved service providers. Consumers are warned not to purchase match tickets from sources that are not accredited by Afcon 2013,” the department said.

EQ Tickets was appointed the exclusive ticket provider for Afcon, in conjunction with Spar stores.

Tickets should only be acquired via the EQ Tickets website, kiosks or call centres, plus Spar and Super Spar stores.

“The tickets contain advanced and extensive security features to ensure authenticity and to avert counterfeits,” said the department.

The department urged the public to blow the whistle on any scams they may come into contact with.

Complaints could be lodged with the National Consumer Commission.

The tournament will take place between January 19 and February 10 with games held in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Durban.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

When you combine environment, entrepreneurship and technology its pure genius. Meet the genius behind Eco-Fuel Africa, Sanga Moses.



China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us
Moving short film on ivory trade
10 Tips for Greener Shopping

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly


The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.