department of landing him into debt when it failed to approve his project to
accommodate backpackers for the ongoing 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.
converted into accommodation for an expected 46 000 soccer spectators.
Merricks was already accommodating about 2 300 people when he finally decided to
call it quits.
department in Gauteng, on June 15, which explained that the department
was not in a position to support his initiative.
the schools as initially envisaged”.
purchased equipment and had promised to pay rental fees to schools.
expressed their appreciation and gratitude (for) the project since it was going
to benefit schools financially and in terms of infrastructure refurbishment,” he
recover R150 million for alleged “loss of income and costs incurred”, claiming
that the department did not advise him on time about its change of heart.
Gauteng, said SFP did not ask for a meeting with the head of the department to
“discuss their project or to ask for authorisation”.
the Schools Act to raise funds for their schools but in so doing had to “adhere
to laws and local by-laws including health and safety by-laws”.
about potential problems if they entered into an agreement to use schools as
World Cup” requesting a letter of support. “We referred them to the letter dated
permission from the department to run this project. Our only concern has been to
ensure that SGBs (school governing bodies) are aware of the potential
liabilities they could face through entering into such agreements and we warned
project and neither was it aware of any legal proceedings against it.