The week that was in SA sport


Finweek English Edition - - LIFE - BY GRAEME JOFFE

IN DE­CEM­BER LAST year, the Na­tional Lotteries Board (NLB) made

a pay­ment to­talling R4 875 630 to

The South African Foot­ball Mu­seum.

So, R4.8m was paid out, but where is the mu­seum six months later? “The mu­seum is at the FNB Sta­dium,” says NLB man­ager Ser­shan Naidoo.


“There is no SA Foot­ball Mu­seum at the FNB Sta­dium and no agree­ment has been en­tered into,” came the re­sponse from FNB sta­dium man­age­ment.

Per­haps the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) knows where it is?

“Safa is not aware of this mu­seum and any­one run­ning it is do­ing so with­out the bless­ing of the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion. Safa ac­tu­ally in­tends to start its own mu­seum and that project is in the pipe­line.” Fin­week, how­ever, man­aged to get a re­sponse from the mu­seum’s PR com­pany about the in­con­sis­ten­cies:

“The South African Foot­ball Mu­seum has re­cently evolved to en­com­pass a num­ber of sport­ing codes, not just foot­ball, and these de­vel­op­ments in­volve a num­ber of stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the Na­tional

Lotteries Board. A project of this size and scope takes a sig­nif­i­cant amount of plan­ning, as I ’m sure you will un­der­stand, and as we are still in the ini­tial stages we are not yet in a po­si­tion to com­mu­ni­cate the finer

de­tails or con­duct any site vis­its. All com­mu­ni­ca­tion also needs to be ap­proved by the Na­tional Lotteries Board in terms of our con­trac­tual ar­range­ment with them.”

Okay then.

We just hope that they’re giv­ing the in­ter­est on the R4.8m to a needy char­ity.

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