Bank buys Confed Cup tickets

2009-04-13 21:30

Johannesburg - Specialist banking group Investec has bought 50 000 tickets for the 2009 Confederation Cup at a cost of R3.5m.

The announcement was made at the international company's headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg on Monday.

Chairperson of the local organising committee (LOC) Irvin Khoza thanked the company for showing their spirit of ubuntu.

"We are telling the world there is unity ahead of the Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup," he said.

"Today Investec has demonstrated its investment dexterity and foresight. This is an investment in the integration of the people of this country and I have to thank them for showing this spirit of Ubuntu," he said.

With little more than 60 days to go to the kick-off of the Confederations Cup, Khoza is confident that within two weeks all the tickets to this precursor to the World Cup will be sold out.

"With this action Investec showed us I am confident that others (companies) will follow and I say that in two weeks time the tickets will be sold out," he told the media.

Investec Corporate Affairs executive, Carol Mason, said the decision to purchase tickets was finalised last Thursday.

Tickets will be given to some of its 5 900 employees but the idea behind buying them was to give the ticket to people who would not be able to go to this event.

"It's a really nice initiative but we still have to decide on who will get the tickets. Together with the LOC's input we'll make these decisions soon, but right now we can't give any answers on who will get them," Mason said.

The champion of champions tournament, as the Confed Cup is known, will take place from June 14 to 28.

Matches will be played in Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.