Funding increase for soccer tourney

2010-02-15 00:00

THIS year marks the 37th anniversary of the annual Pietermaritzburg and District Soccer Association (Padsa) Easter Tournament and the Msunduzi Municipality is to increase its sponsorship for the event.

In a report tabled by marketing and communications manager Brian Zuma at Thursday’s executive committee meeting, a request was made that council fund the soccer tournament with R500 000, up from last year’s R400 000.

Zuma said the funding will go towards prize money, catering, transport and accommodation for the 138 participating teams

He said 2010 is a special year for the African continent, with the Fifa World Cup happening in South Africa. “We have an obligation to make the Msunduzi Padsa Easter Tournament, the biggest amateur tournament in the country, the biggest ever ... and help create the vibe to celebrate the World Cup.

“The duration of this tournament brings a lot of focus and attention to the city [and] … additional funding is sought from other sources, including the Department of Sport and Recreation, which has shown interest in this event,” he said.

DA councillor Rodger Ashe said he would not hesitate to support the tournament, but asked where the funds would come from. Ashe said it is disturbing that the municipal fund used to sponsor sporting events is at times used for other things so that when a sporting event comes up, the money is no longer available.

DA councillor Bill Lambert said: “Leave it the same amount as last year. It’s adequate.”

ANC councillor Themba Zungu said charges for items such as petrol have increased significantly in the past year so the funds also need to go up.

He said a letter should be written to the uMgungundlovu District Municipality asking it to pitch in as it also has a stake in the tournament.

“If we can collect the money from those people who have stolen overtime and cheques, we can fund this tournament ,” he said.

Acting municipal manager Roy Bridgmohan was given the task of finding the R500 000 that the municipality will channel towards the staging of the event.

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