eThekwini pays people to watch local games

2012-08-31 14:19

Durban - The eThekwini municipality has set aside R1.5m to entice people to watch games at three of Durban's stadiums at ratepayers' expense, the Mercury reported on Friday.

The move comes after concerns were raised about the long term viability of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The city has already paid R50m since the Soccer World Cup to attract events to the stadium.

The head of the department of parks, recreation and cemeteries Thembinkosi Ngcobo said the tickets purchased by the municipality would be given to the Sharks, KZN Dolphins, Lamontville Golden Arrows and AmaZulu FC .

"Our stadiums are not full during soccer matches because people support Joburg clubs like Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. We want our stadiums to be full for every event," Ngcobo said.

The money would also be used for campaigns to encourage people to watch local games, recruit cheerleaders and promote cultural events linked to sports, he said.

DA caucus leader Tex Collins said buying tickets and giving them away was a "crazy idea" that his party would never support.

Minority Front councillor Patrick Pillay said there had to be more creative ways to encourage people to be involved in social cohesion programmes as opposed to squandering ratepayers' money.

  • AlexWallerSA - 2012-08-31 14:35

    Another poorly thought out, overly ambitious plan. Why not invest in sporting development programs, or use the money to improve the surrounding areas, which is probably why nobody goes there anyway.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-31 14:46

    Its the same as corruption in buying your success.....The protest was well attended because each of the unemployed protesters got a free party pack of KFC,a T Shirt and a bus ride....The stadium was full because each of the unemployed attendees got a free party pack of an entrance ticket ,a KFC streetwise,a T Shirt and a bus ride....W#hats new in this picture ?

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-08-31 14:57

    wow every day yields extremely stupid ideas and acts by people in our nation. horrendous stuff.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-08-31 15:01

    how retarded is that - really?

      warren.rodel - 2012-08-31 15:02

      It's cheaper to knock it down.

  • Tebogo Matlatle - 2012-08-31 16:02

    lol no comment

  • zaks2217 - 2012-08-31 16:26

    What a dumb idea! Rather drop the damn prices to attract people. Simple! Sell annual passes or something geez!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-31 17:04

    Could it be R1 for you R2 for me, what an easy way to cream it.

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-08-31 18:44

    Can I have rugby Tickets. Oh, and perhaps you could provide free transport to and from the games. Thanks very much

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-31 22:22

    Seams like my previous comment was erased, so I will right it is a more civilized manner. The idea besides being stupid, unless their is of course the plan to line pockets by way of fleecing. What the council should do is lower the prices so that they are affordable and attractive to spectators, thereby building from the bottom up a stadium culture.... this won't happen trying to do it, from the top down by giving unaffordable tickets away, even to die hard spectators. If the price is right, the stadiums will eventually fill up... and it will then keep filling up, once the stadium culture is there, and the demand has grown then begin to lift the price cautiously until the balance is achieved. When this is all achieved....then only should free tickets be an option, to those that might not be able to afford it, but, I can already see that the idea is to simple to be taken seriously.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-01 07:27

    Giving grants is BIG ANC business watering down mostly into connected crony cadre highly over-inflated contracts, so the only alternative is:- your vote The DA produced its best results ever at the polls, scoring almost a million new voters to take its nationwide tally from 1,931,201 to just under 3,000,000, a growth of 50 per cent. This made it the only party in South Africa to have grown in all three of the most recent elections. ANC membership less than a million It's hooligan brat league is less than 300,000 both holding black South African citizens especially to ransom through 'loyalty' demands and corruption channels. See how fast these anc supporters turn violently against that racist regime when the purse strings are cutoff - e.g. cruel racist Malema and gang.

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-09-01 12:18

    That's what happens when you put idiots in charge of taxpayers money - no clue - well, maybe some family menber got the tender to hand out the money to whoever....

  • siyandatings - 2012-11-13 13:29

    hehehhehhehehehehhehheehhehhhehhhehehehhehee what happens when the R1.5 million runs out?

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