Spin-offs to come from games

2015-07-29 06:00

THE eThekwini Municipality is proud that as part of creating a legacy, the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be planned and executed in a manner that accelerates certain key national priorities such as housing, infrastructure and economic development. From 22 to 26 July, eThekwini hosted delegates from Europe and Oceania who are visiting the city on a mission to inspect Durban’s value proposition to host the first Commonwealth Games on African soil in 2022. The economic benefits of hosting the games will be derived from a number of elements including infrastructure development and refurbishment, job creation, skills development and an increase in tourism. eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said staging the games in Durban will have far reaching benefits for South Africa and the African continent, with regards to sports development and ensure increased participation in different sporting codes across all races and abilities. “The games provide a platform for local athletes to improve their performances and enhance their skills, especially in light of the fact that they will showcase their talents on the world stage and compete with internationally acclaimed athletes,” said Nxumalo. Similar to the previous delegation from Africa and Asia who visited the city last week, delegates from 26 countries in Europe and Oceania, who form part of the Commonwealth Games Federation, will inspect numerous competition and non-competition venues and facilities.

Nxumalo said in total, the 2022 Commonwealth Games are expected to deliver up to R20 billion in output to the economy, translating into an estimated R11 billion gross domestic product growth. “It is estimated that 7 300 athletes, 1 000 technical officials as well as their families and other supporters will visit and tour the country prior to, during and post, the games, contributing to the national fiscal,” added Nxumalo. The games will leave a long-lasting legacy which will be derived through infrastructure development, additional housing, stadium and facilities upgrades, urban mobility and improved telecommunications, among others. - Supplied

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