EXCITEMENT AS 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES ANNOUNCEMENT LOOMS
By: Sandile Lukhozi
South Africans can’t wait for the big announcement of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on 2nd of September in Auckland, New Zealand.
The announcement will be made by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
Durban has been campaigning for the opportunity to stage one of the biggest sporting events on earth.
Thembinkosi Buthelezi, an elderly who make living by part-time jobs in Durban, believes that if Durban gets announced as Commonwealth games host, South Africa will benefit
“These games are very important to KwaZulu-Natal and the people of South Africa because the arrival of foreigners will improve the level of infrastructure in South Africa, just like the
Fifa World Cup did in 2010,” Buthelezi said.
He added that not only will Durban Municipality benefit from the event, but also the municipalities and communities closer to Durban will get a slice from the cake.
He claims that Durban is a city that supplies many communities with basic necessities.
The possibility of Durban hosting the commonwealth games in 2022 has also excited not only the ordinary citizens but almost every sphere of the Warmest Place is dazzling with joy.
Reports surfacing are that if Durban is handed the games, Moses Mabhida Mabhida will be upgraded.
Musa Mhlongo a Student at Durban Computer College (DCC) believes that this event will benefit South African citizens.
“There is no better time for South Africa to host the Commonwealth Games especially after the xenophobic attacks earlier this year.
Hosting this event is the way to go if we are to create job opportunities, but we also need to understand that not everyone who seeks jobs will be employed,” Mhlongo said.
The bid committee projected that the arrival of the games to South Africa will create nearly 12,000 jobs and provide an estimated R20 billion boost to the countries’ economy.
Tubby Reddy, Chief Executive Officer of the Bid Committee, believes that the arrival of these games will benefit both South Africa and Africa.
“If the CGF awards Durban the rights to host the Games in 2022, it will not only give a tremendous boost to Durban, but it will be of benefit to Africa.
It will be a vote of confidence for South Africa and the African continent,” Reddy said.
The announcement will be done at 07:00am (SA time) and it will be televised live on SuperSport, ANN7 and ENCA.