A SPORTS TAX

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“FIK­ILE MBALULA wants to tax sports fans to pay for school sport.” This ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times.

It seems that not a week goes by with­out the Min­is­ter of Sports and Re­cre­ation Fik­ile Mbalula grab­bing the head­lines. This tax idea is an old de­bate in which the public would end up having to pay a levy on sport­ing tick­ets. “We are say­ing to soc­cer, r ugby, and cricket f ans, please con­trib­ute more to sport devel­op­ment, not just to your team or your sport. Sport devel­op­ment is not mov­ing at a pace we want due to lack of fund­ing. Gove r n ment fis­cal is not enough,” said Mbalula. I s t hat not what t he Na­tional Lot­tery Sport and Re­cre­ation

grants are for?

Over R42m was paid out by the Lot­tery for the Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation in July, but is it be­ing used ap­pro­pri­ately? We found that:

• South African Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee (Sas­coc) got an­other R5m grant in July (that’s a to­tal of R57m in 2014) but the body stated that it had “cash flow prob­lems” and couldn’t pay our Opex ath­letes on time. • Af­ter three months of ques­tion­ing, no-one can shed any light on the R20.8m given to the South African Col­lege Prin­ci­pals’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SACPO) for a sports project. How does a vol­un­tary as­so­ci­a­tion of FET col­lege prin­ci­pals re­ceive an amount of R20.8m for a ‘sports project’? And this is just the tip of the ice­berg. Al­ready, lo­cal at­ten­dances in cricket, foot­ball and rugby are way down and now they want to add a ticket levy.

At the same time, why not just add a toll walk­way at the en­try to all sta­di­ums?

Let’s re­ally milk the sys­tem.

Fik­ile Mbalula

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