The ANC forked out R1.3-million for the use of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and security for its manifesto launch at the weekend.
This was similar to the rate charged to host an international test match at the stadium, operator Access Management said yesterday.
While media reports yesterday suggested that the ANC had paid R13-million for transport costs, Eastern Cape provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane refused to divulge how much the party had forked out in full for the event, saying it was an internal party matter.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality chief financial officer Trevor Harper said the ANC was not charged a special rate for the use of the stadium.
He said the party paid R1 326 900 for the use of the venue, including security.
Access Management chief executive Chantal du Pisani said: “The ANC – Luthuli House – paid for the use of the stadium in full prior to the event.
“The rate charged is for usage of the stadium on the actual event day, a three-day event build-up, as well as two days for infrastructure post-event.
“The rate charged was similar in cost to that of an international test match which uses the stadium for a similar number of days,” Du Pisani said.
“As the manifesto launch was an event hosted under the Gatherings Act, the statutory requirements are different to that of Sasrea [Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act] and the convener was tasked with the appointment of all the requisite service providers.
“Notably, safety and security in terms of the relevant legislation was the prerogative of the police. However, the stadium’s service providers were used for cleaning inside the stadium precinct as well as the stadium technical services,” she said.
Thousands of ANC supporters and journalists were in the Bay at the weekend. A number of hotels, guest houses and bed-and-breakfasts were fully booked for the week leading up to the event.
source: Herald Live