Hosting World Cup draw to cost Cape Town R11m

By Lindsay Dentlinger

It will cost the City of Cape Town R11 million to host the final draw for the 32 teams participating in the 2010 World Cup on December 4, down from an earlier estimate of R30m.

The money will come from a R20m provision for 2010 operating expenses on the council's 2009/10 budget. In addition, the city must ensure it has public liability insurance of R300m in place during the event.

In effect this will mean that no other sporting event, music concerts or other live performances may be staged in Cape Town between November 29 and December 5.

The city concluded a service level agreement with Fifa in May 2008 year to host the draw but had held back on the agreement coming into force until the level of support services to be provided by the city council, and the financial implications, had been agreed.

The full council will be asked next week to give Mike Marsden, city executive director for service delivery integration, the go-ahead to conclude the amended agreement.

The biggest single cost to the city is the R8 million for the hiring of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), which the city's 2010 team said in a report to the Mayco had been the subject of long discussions.

Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said on Wednesday hosting the draw would be one of the biggest advantages Cape Town would have in terms of the World Cup, since the focus would be on the city exclusively for that period.

Spin-offs would include extensive media coverage, and that Cape Town would play host to people who otherwise would not travel to the city.

A suitable site with 100 additional parking bays outside the CTICC precinct to be allocated to the media, will also have to be arranged.

The organising committee requires 500m2 of storage space for a month, from November, at the Good Hope Centre.

The city will also provide, at no cost to Fifa, fire and rescue services, and escorts for dignatories during their stay.

It will also be the city's job to conceal construction sites along the routes where they will travel - around the CTICC and official hotels, while the roads identified as "protocol routes" will have to be kept "beautified".

An exclusion zone will come into force during this time where no ambush marketing will be allowed.

Sufficient back-up power at the venue must also be assured with senior technicians on 24-hour standby.

Free office space will be provided for the organising committee, Fifa and its hospitality partner, Match.

Should the draw not take place in Cape Town the council will not be able to hold Fifa liable for any claim.

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