Jan 11

Joburg hosting the opening and closing AFCON ceremonies

Media Release by:

Nonhlanhla Sifumba
Shadow MMC for Community Development
The Democratic Alliance in Johannesburg welcomes the opportunity facilitated by National Sports Department to host both the opening and the closing ceremonies of the African Cup Of Nations tournament. As the DA we have mixed feelings about the hosting of the tournament. Hosting the tournament will certainly add to Johannesburg’s African prestige, thus giving it an opportunity to showcase the City of Johannesburg as a World Class African City.
However, the City of Johannesburg will be spending just over R20 million worth on municipal services during the tournament; this is money Johannesburg can ill afford. We believe that this money could be utilised for programmes that are intended to benefit the community, improve maintenance of sports and recreation facilities within the City.


We would like to take this opportunity and wish our National Soccer team Bafana Bafana good luck.  We hope they make us proud and win the tournament as they did in 1996.