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We will be taking a look at the issue of Sports and Economics to try and bring to light the problems that we al- ready know plus other issues not well known that have been plaguing the ad- vancement and development of sports in African nations.


We will be bringing you these issues in all of our 12 Magazine Issues of African Sports Monthly for 2013 starting with that of Sports Infrastructure which we are going to deal with in this issue.


Sports Infrastructure: Cape town Stadium, South Africa


Sports Infrastructure can be defined as venues and facilities where sporting events and programs are held for public viewing and participation and these can vary from outdoor to indoor stadiums and arenas.


Most African nations have a national outdoor stadium built many many years ago and very few if any have an indoor sports stadium or arena.


Stadiums and other sports facilities are there to provide a venue for the national and local teams to perform in front of their home crowds and they are supposed to be engines for economic growth. On a typical day a stadium with a 80,000 capacity and a charge of $5 a person for a single event can bring in close to half a million dollars just on gate takings alone to the stadium management. Stadiums with built in concession stands and parking with a robust yearly calendar (meaning that the facility is used over 200 times out of the 365 yearly calendar days) can average close to a billion dol- lars a year on gate takings alone.


Stadiums are supposed to provide employment opportunities and be a source of tourism for the community or nation depending on the type of events that are held in it yearly. The reality for most African nations who had a national stadium constructed 30 or more years ago is that most are now in disrepair and not even fit for local standards of competition let alone interna- tional competitions.


Most of these African nations who are now in worse state economically today than 30 years ago do not have any other recourse currently to pursue the construction of new facilities because they can- not afford it and so they are stuck with a relic that is a disaster waiting to happen.


What happened during the past decades with the monies made from these stadiums and what were those funds used for and where did it all go? I know you are chuckling reading this knowing the ex- act answer to the question and even wondering why am I even asking the question. As obvious as it is that corruption and officials sharing and pocketing the monies collected from these stadiums over the years is the answer to my question …. it is necessary that I ask, to bring it to light and have us talk about it.


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