Lebo M disputes claims of his sacking

2010-07-08 13:42

Lebo M, co-executive producer of the World Cup opening and closing ceremonies has denied claims that he was kicked off the job.

His company Till Dawn Entertainment with VWV Group were appointed to form a consortium to organise the ceremonies of the World Cup.

Speaking at a media conference today, he disputed reports he was offered R5.7 million to leave the consortium tasked with producing the ceremonies.

He said he was speaking out to clear his name after refusing to talk to the media for months when reports initially surfaced about differences he had with VWV, regarding the preparations for the opening and closing ceremonies.

He said he had rather opted to step aside after having discharged his duties as was required by his contract.

He said: “I have not been fired and have not left the project to its own device. I have withdrawn from all operations having seen to it that the project has been signed off by the client and a competent team is in place.”

Lebo M, whose real name is Lebohang Morake, is best known for producing the musical, Lion King.

He said he had no knowledge of the source of the “malicious rumours” about him and added that there was no substance in them.

However, he refused to confirm or deny reports whether he was paid R5.7 million, citing his “contractual obligations to both the client and my consortium partners”.

“I can only speak to those areas that affect me personally and not those areas that are bound by the contract between my consortium partners and the LOC. They are subject to the confidentiality agreement.”

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee SA (LOC) say they have a contract with the VWV consortium for the delivery of all aspects of the opening and closing ceremonies, not with components of the consortium.

Any matters pertaining to the ceremonies are dealt with and resolved by the consortium themselves.

LOC spokesperson Rich Mkhondo, said:“We have nothing to say about recent comments made by Lebo M. We are currently focused on what is sure to be a world-class closing ceremony, for which preparations are going very well with regard to artist participation, rehearsals and casting.”

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