Ek sê, slow down Minister Mbalula

2014-08-17 06:00

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is raising temperatures in the sporting community by threatening to raise the levy on ticket prices.

Besides not having discussed this with the sports bodies that fall under his department before presenting it in Parliament, what seems to irk them the most is his declaration that the model “advocates the establishment of a new ticket levy to be imposed on sport tickets”.

“This will become a new revenue stream that will generate funding for school sport development programmes,” Mbalula said.

Rugby, the sport with the most to lose as it has the biggest crowds coupled to the most expensive tickets, responded cautiously.

But it confirmed it was unaware of a scheme to divert a cut of gate takings.

A leading rugby administrator, who requested anonymity for fear of prejudicing his union, said: “This is certainly a surprise to us all. I wonder who dreamt this up? We are already struggling to fill stadiums and any further increase [suggesting any levy would be passed on to fans] would be pushing too hard.

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