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R18m approved for Durban Commonwealth Games Bid

The Executive Committee has approved the allocation of R18m as part of the shared costs towards the bidding process for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Durban 2022 Logo
Commonwealth Games Durban 2022 Logo

A report on the progress of the bidding process for Durban to host the 2022 Games was tabled at the EXCO meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, 10/02/15, by Deputy City Manager for Community and Emergency Services, Musa Gumede. In October last year Council resolved to support the City’s bid pending the final decision by National Cabinet.

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City of Durban

“Cabinet has finally taken the decision to support the bid. A number of meetings have been held between the three spheres of government and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to kick-start the process. It was agreed that SASCOC will lead the process including the appointment of consultants who will put together the bid document and lobby internationally for our bid,” said Gumede.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Moses Mabhida Stadium

The total cost of the bidding process is estimated at R98-million, of which R35m will be shared between the City and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government for costs associated with preparing the Bid Document, which will include the plans for all the stadiums to be used. Each party will contribute R17.5 and the City has set aside an additional R 500 000 for inbound and outbound travelling, including the hosting of delegations, travelling and lobbying.

Mayor James Nxumalo and two officials will travel to London for the lodgement of the Durban bid on 2 March 2015, which will also mark the launch of the campaign. The host city for the 2022 Games will be announced in September this year. “If we win the bid the City will be in the news for the seven years leading up to the games. This will be good for tourism and the marketing of the City,” said Mayor Nxumalo.

The EXCO report says that South Africa can host the games as it has proven its capacity to host many international events like the 2010 Soccer World Cup, All Africa Games, Commonwealth Heads of Government and the COP 17 conference.

“Durban has the infrastructure required to host the Games. The dominant funding investments required in terms of infrastructure will be for the rehabilitation and upgrades of existing facilities,” said Gumede.

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Moses Mabhida Precinct

The Moses Mabhida sports precinct houses many of the required facilities within a walking distance including the Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park, Kings Park Swimming Pool, GrowthPoint (Kings Park) Rugby Stadium, the beachfront promenade, Umngeni River and the Kingsmead Cricket Stadium.

Bridge Over the Umgeni River known as Blue Lagoon
Umgeni River

The sporting codes proposed for the 2022 Games are netball, table tennis, shooting, cycling, badminton, judo, weightlifting, wrestling, boxing, lawn bowls, swimming, rugby 7s, athletics, hockey, beach volleyball and triathlon. Cornubia has been identified for the Commonwealth Games Village with Kingsmead Cricket Oval used as a Media Broadcasting Centre and SABC Land/Kingsmead Office Park will be used as an International Broadcasting Centre.

Last year the City sent a team on a fact finding mission during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

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