A SPORTS TAX
“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.