Miss World set to cost Joburg double

2009-12-11 10:41

The Miss World pageant will cost the City of Johannesburg R90

million, double the amount told to the public, the Mail&Guardian reported

today.

The paper said this was according to an agreement signed by Graham

Cooke from Miss World Limited, the pageant owners, and chief executive of the

Johannesburg Tourism Company, Lindiwe Mahlangu-Kwele.

The contract stipulates that the JTC would pay a hosting fee of

about £6 million (R73 million) and foot the bill for logistical, travel and

accommodation arrangements, bringing the cost to “at least” R90 million, the

report read.

The city would end up footing the bill because the JTC is a section

21 company funded by it.

The City cut its budget by more than four percent, the report read,

raising concerns that it would falter on delivering essential services. It added

that the JTC was insolvent and was given a R13?million loan by the city last

month.

Mahlangu-Kwele denied that the company was insolvent and said the

decision to host the pageant was taken by the mayoral council on November 6. She

confirmed that the city’s contracted costs included £6 million for the hosting

rights with the R17.3 million projected budget to be offset by sponsors.

She did not indicate who the sponsors were or how much they would

contribute, the report said.


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