2022 Commonwealth Games on Cabinets Agenda

By Drum Digital
15 September 2016

The Department of Sports and Recreation is putting systems in place to kick-start preparations for the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games which will be hosted in South Africa

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While the department’s spokesperson, Esethu Hasane, tells DRUM that it is premature to determine how much it will cost to host the games, government structures are being put in place so that the decision making processes can begin.

“An inter-ministerial committee is being put in place and other formal structures, as soon as those are operating, we can begin planning for the upcoming games,” he says.

In a cabinet meeting that took place on Tuesday, it emerged that the 2022 Commonwealth Games are expected to deliver up to R20 billion in output to the economy, which will translate into an additional R11 billion GDP growth.

The Games will be hosted in Durban and Hasana says the focus will be on renovating existing facilities more so than building new ones.

“We are at an advantage because of the infrastructure that was put in place during the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup,” he says, “Durban has a lot of facilities which we want to upgrade.

However, Hasana hinted that  there is a plan to build an athletes village which will be handed over to the eThekwini Municipality after the games to benefit people in the area.

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