Prasa’s R21m Fifa ticket splurge

2010-10-06 12:59

The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) spent more than R21 million on thousands of 2010 World Cup and 2009 Confederations Cup tickets, it revealed in its 2009/10 yearly report.

The national transport department agency paid R13.4 million for 5 289 World Cup tickets and R7.8 million for 38 772 Confederations Cup tickets, according to the report.

The total for World Cup tickets is higher than the R10.8 million spent on 4 570 World Cup tickets according to Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele in a parliamentary reply to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Ian Davidson in July.

At the time, Davidson said it was an issue of concern that Prasa saw it fit to spend such an exorbitant amount on entertainment when it revealed that it needed R100 billion in the next decade to prevent the collapse of SA’s passenger rail services.

Some of the World Cup tickets (740) were given to executive and non-executive directors while 1 050 were handed to Prasa employees.

Prasa clients and stakeholders got 850 suite tickets.

The rail transport parastatal insists the expenditure is neither fruitless nor wasteful.

Almost R200 000 was spent on travel expenses for directors and senior managers during the tournament.

In total, government departments and state entities spent R130 million on World Cup tickets, according to the DA.

In total, Prasa says it spent R14.4 billion to ensure the World Cup’s success.

It invested R7 billion in the refurbishment of 2 000 coaches, 780 of which were dedicated to the month-long event.

The entity also acquired 570 new buses for its subsidiary, Autopax, for R1.4 billion, including those used for transporting the 32 participating teams.

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