R46m spent on sports bash

2012-04-22 14:37

Johannesburg - The sport and recreation department spent R45.9mn hosting the SA Sports Awards, according to Sunday's Rapport newspaper.

The amount spent on the awards evening, held at Sun City on August 21 last year, represented 60% of the National Lottery Board's (NLB) contribution of R73.8m to support South Africa's participation in the London Olympics later this year.

Responding to a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance this week, the department's financial manager Makoto Matlala said they had budgeted R48.7m for the awards evening.

Of the R45.9m which was spent, R25.7mn came from sponsors, R8m from the NLB, and R12.1mn from the department.

Minister Fikile Mbalula had promised the evening, at which American R&B singer Brandy Norwood performed, would not be a cheap "Mickey Mouse affair".

DA MP Donald Lee criticised the amount spent as mismanagement of funds, and said there was a great need for money for sports development.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-22 14:45

    The money from the Lotto always goes to promoting sport what other charity organisations that Lotto is meant to help

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-22 14:46

    I do not luck these bashes Minister of Sports always splash on because because the last time I heard, he slept with a woman without a Condom or a Condom broke while they were busy in bedroom or toilet, I do not know where he slept with that Woman. His Department is just useless. He only spends money travelling around the country. He is doing nothing about about sports in this country, meetings, flights , hoetls parties , sleeping with lady without a Condom. I hope we won't read about bad things again. Ohh god help this country.

  • Hadebe - 2012-04-22 14:53

    Nothing, absolutely nothing will stop these people from being the spendrifts they are, 1 bet his meagre salary that theres a competition up there as to who can spend more on functions and the prise is tenders worth hundreds of million. Poor zuma, he is so toothless, he canjust watch and pray no 1 up there questions his womenising tendency, i say lets vote out these people and see how will they be able to critisise the next govt on outrageous spending.

  • Rob - 2012-04-22 14:57

    They be " having it. " I wish we had oil & America would invade to put these " jigaboos " in their rightful place. What a bunch of tossers !

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 15:07

      Sorry Rob, We got gold and they still can't do this.

      Robert - 2012-04-22 17:40

      bluzulu- Dumb ass, do you know how deep we have to go for this and that it is depleated by the previous goverment. You are do dumb. Easy gold is gone!!!!. Dumb ass. I did not think I will catch you here.

      Robert - 2012-04-22 17:44

      bluzulu, BTW you should get of the internet now your cap is running out. Try and read and not comment. I will be better for you. READ please not just sites - try others as well, Please the does not help you at all. Education is spreading your wings. ANCYL website wont help either I assure you.

  • christine.nutter - 2012-04-22 15:01

    The african spring is coming

  • Bertus - 2012-04-22 15:07

    These fat, lazy and incompetent bastards just want to party and live the lives of millionares without caring about those they are meant to help. I pray that soon the people will start to wake up and demand that to which they are entitled to.

      indianajohn - 2012-04-22 15:34

      I hope so too, but they have to overcome their blind, destructive love of the "King and his peasants" before that can happen.

  • Neels - 2012-04-22 15:08

    Please tell me this is not true a kind of a sick joke

  • Andre - 2012-04-22 15:11

    R46m for an awards ceremony,while sport at grass roots level is suffering? u this country of ours,is really and truly,run by idiots.

  • Gert - 2012-04-22 15:11

    At least they didn't over spend,they should encourage other departments.I'm quite pleased well done mr Mbalula.

      Saamprater - 2012-04-22 15:23

      Every cent was an "overspend".

      Tanie - 2012-04-22 15:32

      Sun city is still paying its employees their salaries,money well spent to stimulate economy and keeping people in their jobs. Who will bit the wisdom of the ANC, who?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 16:24

      Private companies need to take note how to invest in the local economy.

      Robert - 2012-04-22 18:44

      bluzulu - and so you run a company - be honest - Leave the ducks in the bath tub dumb ass. You must have only gotten internet now to make such ridicules statements. I want what you smoke at least it will sooth over the concerns I have for this country. Like YOU!

  • Dennis - 2012-04-22 15:19

    And yet again, the corrupt ANC show South Africans a giant middle finger !!

  • Saamprater - 2012-04-22 15:20

    What a way to eradicate poverty! Viva cANCer

  • djmgee - 2012-04-22 15:20

    The same way we fought aparteid is da same way to get rid of anc government

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-22 15:50

      HTFH do you spend 46 mil on aparty bash it is total insanity Who and what control expenditure most likely 45 mil went to their banking acounts

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 16:26

      Got any evidence of this accusation?

      Paul - 2012-04-22 16:43

      Bluzulu,i think you in the gov and on the recieving end, looks that way to me, how can you justify that kind of spending ? You back them all the way, you either on the take or you mad

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 16:47

      Got any evidence of THIS accusation?

      Robert - 2012-04-22 18:45

      bluzulu - Its happening read dumb ass

      Kevin - 2012-04-22 19:08

      bluzulu, dear chap. Either you are a troll or a very naive person. R45 mil for a single night event? No way it all was spent on the function. It's not even going to help to hand that kind of of money to our Department of Sport, I've seen it in our athletics (ASA)- we don't have the coaches, the facilities or the vision to plan how to win a few gold medals. "Our" top athletes all live and are coached outside SA. By the way, what were we 'celebrating' at this function? We're not winning much.......

  • Neels - 2012-04-22 15:24

    Vote ANC

      Tanie - 2012-04-22 15:33

      And certainly not DA, NEVER!!!!!!!!Foreign bodies.

  • Khangale - 2012-04-22 15:27

    you that are against everything must go out of SA and get a place where everything will go your own way, jaa there was a need to spend that never went to somebody's pocket, every one with his or her eyes had watched that interesting event.

      madise.paul - 2012-04-22 15:37

      Hey dude get life!!

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-22 15:41

      And in the Eastern Cape there are no school books... in Gauteng people still call shacks their homes... in KwaZulu Natal the RDP houses are still not being built, Limpopo there is no more money... but lets spend money on one bash after the other... Khangale - have a cup of STRONG coffee and wake up out of your dream world!

      Bibi - 2012-04-22 16:43

      Khangale, an event like this could have costed a fifth of that amount. What about the venues in Johannesburg? But everybody got a free weekend at ripoff prices at that kitch Sun City. I suppose if you are not use to anything and it comes as a freebie... Like another reader said 1,5 million Eastern Cape School refugees, i mean kids need books

      Robert - 2012-04-22 18:13

      Another dumb one with internet. READ for f sakes all the news papers and the news in the world. Compare yourselves with the bad and the ugly. I think a lot is compering us to them the way its going to make themselves feel good. Anyways wake up dumb asses with internet.

  • lucky.maduwa - 2012-04-22 15:36

    the awards went smooth ,so big up and please during the next awards ,invite beyonce and bieber,you might aswell use 70milion i dont see any problem.Mr Mbalula i bow you,keep up the good work

      Den - 2012-04-23 11:58

      @lucky lovley, really hope thats sarcasm, and not stupidity?

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-22 15:39

    And there are no school books...

  • mollie.kruger - 2012-04-22 15:39

    Tomorrow they would want to introduce quotas in our National Teams again, because of lack of development...

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 16:28

      Have you seen the legislation paperwork?

  • Peter - 2012-04-22 15:52

    What is R46-m worth tomorrow?

  • fungzen - 2012-04-22 15:53

    This is funny indeed! Previously disadvantaged communities still rail against lack of basic needs, young people are without decent jobs and public servants are paid paltry salaries, yet we continue and expend resources on entertainment!

  • SA - 2012-04-22 16:09

    Im really sure that our leaders could have spent this money more effectively, bearing in mind poverty and suffering is such an issue in SA. Shame on you all

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-04-22 16:13

    Rather use that money to hire professional trainers and equipments to help our athletes compete and monetary incentive for them if they win medals. It's all about money these days and other countries are doing it so why not just tell our athletes to up their games? Talents and representing the country aside, money is a bloody good motivation!

  • Harry - 2012-04-22 16:18

    And who was the lucky service provider who benefited? Bet it was a friend of the Minister...

      Alltruth - 2012-04-22 21:50

      Maybe news24 must find out who the service provider was and get us the detailed cost breakdown.

  • ChrisKhanye - 2012-04-22 16:19

    Wake me and assure me it's a nightmare and that the Sports Dept. didn't spend R46m on booze and food!

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-22 16:34

    Every country's Sports board has a yearly gala evening. To celebrate colleagues , Athletes and success's of the past year. This year was hyped due to the Olympics. This happens everywhere else and celebrated however here is another storm in a teacup. Now do you expect the Sporting fraternity to go out there with the Party money and Repair RSA's failings.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 16:51

      Everyone whose old enough pretends none of these shenanigans went on during the regime.................. of-course it did.

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-04-22 17:16

      Seriously?? You don't see anything wrong with that amount of money spent on a party? You are surely just a contrarian and a devil's advocate. Why NOT expect the sporting fraternity to help repair RSA's failings? Hey why don't we just expect ALL OF US to go out there and repair what we can instead of bitching about rubbish.

      WhiteNut - 2012-04-22 20:52

      Book urself into a rehab, seriously!

      Bibi - 2012-04-23 07:56

      @bluzulu: but we don't have the old regime anymore - did you not vote for a new one to get rid of the wrongs from the past? Or did I misunderstood this whole voting thing for independence and a better life for all?

      Pushka - 2012-04-23 08:09

      @bluzulu I am old enough and NO, these type of shenanigans (the new fashionable word on the block)did not go on in the "old regime" there would have quite rightly been an absolute public outcry if they did. Most people who harp on about what went on in apartheid SA have no idea what went on. The Nats were God fearing people and would never have wasted money like this present bunch of clowns do, they spent money on development and infrastructure, which we are still relying on today (and not maintaining I might add)Do you know that when university graduates with teaching degrees did national service in the "old days" they were sent to township and rural schools to teach black children, we never hear about things like this do we?. No bluzulu, don't fool yourself and others, the wholesale theft and waste and corruption and "bling" that we see under the anc did not happen in the past, and anyone that says otherwise is talking rubbish.

  • Bibi - 2012-04-22 16:38

    How do they manage to spend that amount on an awards evening? Did they eat gold bricks? They obviously stayed in the Palace and not the Cabanas, o.rdered room service and top end booze. There are some charities that are struggling to keep their doors open, but the Lottery Board deem it fit to spend money on such cr@p. It might not have been a Mickey Mouse event but it was certainly organised by a brainless Mickey Mouse. Disgusting

  • Robert - 2012-04-22 16:51

    R 45 Million does anyone knows how much this is. This is serious money. WTF. We are ablivious to millions and billions. The gov use it like toilet paper in their quest to kill our blovered country. Pack a billion/ 45 million R100 notes on a heap and show it to the people in need - This country will change. I dear you.

  • Elkita - 2012-04-22 17:00

    When will the poor and hungry have a gala night.?

  • Nonjabulo - 2012-04-22 17:05

    My goodness (0_o) comment! #shocked

  • Colleen - 2012-04-22 17:11

    It cant go on for ever, the cash cow will run dry. These people cant see the wood for the tree's. GREED is a SIN when you die you cant take it with you.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-22 17:18

      I wish I could agree, but, all that will happen is that the ANC will dream up new taxes. How about internet tax? Or, a tax on IQ? What about taxing overweight people or those who passed matric with higher than 50%? And so on...

  • Fanie - 2012-04-22 17:27

    It's over and out for this country. We'll never recover from the corruption of the ANC goverment! The only solution will be a second Libia!!

  • Nigel - 2012-04-22 17:33

    Mr Mbalula thinks that spending R46 mil on one evening event is more important than spending it on developing sport,but then again the ANC govt blew R 10 Billion on a few soccer stadiums just to host four of five games, so this not too surprising.

  • Tim - 2012-04-22 17:41

    This is disgusting when many of our National Sportsmen and women fund their own campaigns, get no assistance, not even with their compulsory Protea Blazers. Put the money into development and support of National Teams and not into glitzy events. I am very proud to have represented SA in several World Championship and Commonwealth events but I am still paying for the privilege because I borrowed the funds to do it. Mean time the government is wasting money on awards. Plus there is more to sport than the Olympics, any member of any national team feels a responsibility and pride in wearing our National Colours, but it is unfair for them to carry the cost when funds are wasted like this.

  • Malcolm - 2012-04-22 17:47

    I will treat this country as they treat me!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-22 18:09

    To put this in perspective : Let's say there were 1000 people. That means R46 000 per person.

      aiazmir - 2012-04-22 18:17

      That is the disgrace. Why do't we just pay a bribe at, say R 30 000, and save ourselves R 10 m, give or take, to pay bribes to those who must pay the bribes.

      Robert - 2012-04-22 18:19

      R 46 Million - 46 peolpe are given a million, 100 people are given R 450 000.00, 1000 people as you say are given R 46 000.00, 100 000 peolle are given R4 600.00, 1 million people are given R 46.00. Scarry is that view has R46 party money.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-22 18:43

    MMM, Must admit that I am NOT a sports fan however when I read this report I think there are 49 million people in SA more than 60% living below the breadline and unemployed - would it not be smarter to spend R1.5million on each of the unemployed instead?

  • Graham - 2012-04-22 18:46

    Pigs at the trough - no wonder the sports minister is so round!

  • lucky.maduwa - 2012-04-22 19:01

    majority of coments are just from haters,yea blacks run S.A so deal with it. The money for the awards most of it is from the sponsors,so dont talk as if yal heads had been cut.

      Melania - 2012-04-22 19:11

      Are you dof? A lot of that money could have been spent on black youth in sport development. What do they have to show after the event? NOTHING!!! Get smart and elect the best blacks to run the country. Not friends of friends of terrorists... Why do you want to settle for less than the best?

      tobydt - 2012-04-22 19:12

      Majority of these commentators in favour of this party (two of them) are ANC c**ksuckers.

      lucky.maduwa - 2012-04-22 19:15

      @melanie,who do we blame? government for getin sponsors for the awards or the sponsors?plz get real now

      Kevin - 2012-04-22 19:20

      Dear Lucky, have you seen what is happening to cricket lately? They are struggling to find sponsorship because of the fat bonuses their exco paid themselves. That should tell you that this wasting of sponsorships has gone way past being acceptable. Because funds are donated by Sponsors doesn't mean it justifies wasting the money. By the way, your comments are racist! (Yes, I know it might horrify you, but the concept of non-racism applies to ALL people of ANY colour in SA. It's not only whites who have to abide by the rules. Read our Constitution if you're having a problem dealing with this idea....)

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-22 19:23

      This is a very interesting view, lucky. So, Sitting on the pavement on the one side of the street we have a few thousand hungry, homeless, jobless neglected people. On the other side of the street there are a few thousand people gorging themselves on all kinds of delicacies at an affair which is "not mickey mouse". So you will walk from this grand affair, cross the street, and go tell these hungry people not to worry, because most of the money comes from sponsors? Furthermore, you will remind them to be racist and be happy that the affair across the road is run by blacks? You will tell them to deal with it? Then you will go back to join the feast? And enjoy it? You will forget about that look in the eyes of the hungry children?

      goldwright - 2012-04-22 19:58

      It has nothing to do with hate - it's called criticism and if people are wise enough, they will listen to their critics and try and improve on where they are going wrong. Unfortunately there are not many wise people running this country it seems. Deal with that. Blacks run SA - I have no argument with that, but those running SA could do a WHOLE lot better but - there is SO much potential for this country, but too many in leadership seem intent on making their own personal fortunes, while far too many people in this country needlessly suffer. It's all about BLING.

      Brett - 2012-04-22 19:58

      The blacks you speak of are robbing SA not running it.

      Zahir - 2012-04-22 20:06

      Instead of one big jol they should invest it too build soccer pitches in townships this is better use of limited funds but logic and reason does not register with u! Eish

      Melania - 2012-04-22 20:47

      Jip, you must be dof. The sponsors could have had better exposure on school sport clothes rather than one event. But you seem to lack any logic.

      WhiteNut - 2012-04-22 21:07

      Dude how many lines have you hit before writing this drivel

  • Avhakholwi Mulaudzi - 2012-04-22 19:43

    So what?every event comes at price.

  • Zahir - 2012-04-22 19:56

    They spend money like it will never run out did the people who attended get a free bmw to take home?

  • Arthur - 2012-04-23 08:31

    Fikile Mbalula was the ANCYL former president, is it truly any wonder this chump can p*ss a few million against the wall while there are kids in townships and schools across the country desperately in need of equipment and funding?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-23 09:34

    Another massive theft of taxpayer funds for another lost cause. The ANC fails again, nothing new here move along!

  • david.madisha - 2012-04-23 10:32

    That is too much man.........!!!!

  • Den - 2012-04-23 11:57

    you have to just love bluezulus continued defence of the usless government, tell me are you used to defending lost causes or just very good at covering up?

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