Fifa failed us, say youth group

2010-05-14 00:00

THE South African Youth Chamber of Commerce (SAYCC) has criticised SA Football Association (Safa) , Fifa and the Local Organising Committee for failing young entrepreneurs ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

SAYCC president Thapelo Maleke told The Witness the chamber engaged key role players — host cities, provincial government, national government, state-owned enterprises, private sector, Safa and the Local Organising Committee — through a joint initiative, the Youth Entrepreneurship Campaign 2010.

Part of its objective is to connect young entrepreneurs to existing and potential business opportunities arising from the World Cup.

Maleke said Fifa had failed them in its promise on September 13, 2006, that the event would bring a business boom to young entrepreneurs.

“This promise was never kept, and we feel betrayed by the World Cup fat cats,” he said.

“I can confidently say that the youth of this country did not benefit from the building of stadiums, infrastructure development, transportation, communications and other business opportunities as entrepreneurs, except in a form of labour and volunteering.”

Maleke said the chamber will embark on a series of peaceful marches in all the host cities, deliver a memorandum of demands and register its members’concerns with Fifa before the kick-off on June 11.

“ It is important to note that the bread is gone and now we are fighting for the left-overs and crumbs from hospitality, transportation, fan festivals, public viewing areas and all other available opportunities related to this event,” he said.

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