No R17m Beyoncé deal: Sport

Johannesburg - The sport and recreation department has denied paying R17m for United States singer Beyoncé Knowles to perform at the sports awards later this year.

"No contract of R17m has been signed," the department's director general Alec Moemi said on Tuesday. "This is a fabrication."

Moemi said the department issued a tender every year asking companies to provide proposals on what they intended to feature at the awards if given the chance.

This year a company had proposed bringing Knowles, and had said it could arrange sponsors.

"We are quite keen and we are quite excited... if we can get Beyoncé without paying for Beyoncé," he said.

However, it was just a proposal and the department had not yet decided who to appoint.

"We will not endorse such a thing [paying R17m]..., but if other people pay for it and it is in line with our mandate, we are happy with it."

News spread on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday that the department had apparently paid R17m to have the singer perform at the sports awards in November.

"One proposal was bringing Beyoncé and we have considered it," said Moemi.

"It is a lie to say we are paying for it... sponsors would pay for it. The base cost of awards is ours, but we'll not stop partners and sponsors who come forward [to pay for entertainment]."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Australia 124/1
England 147/10
Voting Booth
What are your views on the World Rugby men's Player of the Year nominations for 2021 not including any Springboks?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a disgrace! Both Siya Kolisi AND Eben Etzebeth should have been nominated!
39% - 5641 votes
Siya, at the very least, should have been included after a superb season
7% - 939 votes
Etzebeth has been SA's best player this year and should feel hard done by
21% - 2965 votes
Get over it! Moaning about this just sounds like sour grapes!
33% - 4794 votes
Vote