Finance MEC must present report on Commonwealth Games funding model

By Hlanganani Gumbi, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Sport and Recreation:

THE DA has called on KZN’s Finance MEC, Belinda Scott, to provide a full report on the complete funding model for the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Durban in 2022.

The call was made in the form of a motion during a Sitting of the provincial parliament last week.

While the DA welcomes every opportunity to showcase our beautiful country and the city of Durban – as destinations of choice and investment – we believe that the bid was premature given that it was made without a full cost analysis being completed.

Durban has many critical service delivery challenges. Many are still waiting on government when it comes to a quality health service, a proper education and finally employment that will pull them out of the poverty trap.

It is critical that funds meant for healthcare, education and other social services for our poorest citizens are not spent on the Commonwealth Games.

With this in mind, the DA has submitted parliamentary questions to five of KZN’s government departments – Cogta, Sports and Recreation, Economic Development and Tourism, Human Settlements and Finance in order to establish their intentions when it comes to expenditure ahead of the Games.

The questions posed are;

–          What provision has the department made for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Durban 2022?

–          What the anticipated costs are likely to be and over what period?

–          From which department’s or entities will these costs be drawn?

The DA is committed to holding these departments accountable and ensuring that they do not deviate from their individual mandates.

We expect MEC Scott to table a full cost report without delay.  The people of KZN must be reassured that despite the excitement of hosting such a sporting spectacle, public money will not be moved from critical services.