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Bankrot SAL borg nasionale sokkerspan vir R110 miljoen

Die SAL het sedert 2013 die Springbokke, SA Olimpiese span, Mej. SA, World Routes, NBA Africa Games en die International  Jazz Extravaganza geborg teen ʼn waarde van R83,994 miljoen. Die borgskap vir Bafana Bafana wat in Maart vanjaar aangekondig is beloop R110 miljoen oor vyf jaar.

Die minister van finansies, mnr. Pravin Gordhan, het hierdie inligting in die parlement verskaf in antwoord op ʼn skriftelike vraag van dr. Pieter Groenewald (LP) van die Vryheidsfront Plus.

Volgens die minister is die borgskap in die vorm van goedgunstige waarde (value-in-kind) en nie kontant nie. In wese beteken dit dat die borgskap gratis lugreise is.

Dit is onaanvaarbaar dat die bankrot SAL wat die afgelope jare met miljarde rande se belastinggeld aan die lewe gehou moes word, borgskappe van miljoene rande verskaf, al is dit in die vorm van gratis lugreise, sê dr. Pieter Groenewald, die VF Plus se hoofwoordvoerder oor openbare ondernemings.

Dr. Groenewald sê gratis lugreise verander nie die saak nie, aangesien dit ʼn inkomste sou wees vir die SAL en die las op die belastingbetaler kon verlig.

ʼn Ekonoom van die Vryemarkstigting (VMS), Loane Sharp, het verlede jaar luidens ʼn berig in Netwerk24 gesê die staat se hulp aan die SAL oor die afgelope jare beloop na raming tussen R14 miljard en R45 miljard. Dié hulp is in die vorm van lenings wat op die staat se balansstaat getoon word asook waarborge.

Volgens dr. Groenewald is die toestaan van borgskappe aan sportspanne in beginsel nie verkeerd nie, maar dan moet die instelling dit kan bekostig en nie ʼn las plaas op die belastingbetaler nie. Hy sê daar kan ook met reg gevra word hoekom die International Jazz Extravaganza geborg is, aangesien dit nie ʼn nasionale bate is nie.

“Die onderpresterende Bafana Bafana is tans sewentigste op Fifa se ranglys, en sal daarom sukkel om groot borgskappe vanuit die sakewêreld te lok. Dit is nie regverdig en aanvaarbaar dat die staat en die publiek ʼn span borg wat soos die SAL, onderpresteer nie,” sê dr. Groenewald.

 

ANTWOORD VAN MINISTER:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY – QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY – QUESTION NUMBER: 872 [NW994E]

DATE OF PUBLICATION:  11 APRIL 2016

  1. Dr P J Groenewald (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Finance:†

(1)     Whether South African Airways (SAA) allocated any sponsorship in the financial years (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16; if so, (i) to whom, (ii) for what amount, (iii) for which period and (iv) what the activity was in each case in respect of each financial year;

(2)     whether he was consulted in advance regarding the announcement that SAA would sponsor Bafana Bafana; if so, on what grounds he approved this, in the light of the savings measures that were announced for the financial year 2016-17;

(3)     what the full sponsorship of SAA to Bafana Bafana comprises;

(4)     whether he will make an announcement about the matter?

NW994E

REPLY:

  • According to South African Airways, their sponsorships in the financial years (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16 were as following (all these sponsorships were approved in accordance with the company’s delegation of authority requirements and followed an internal approval process which included the approval of a business case):
Sponsorship Property Right Holder Value Period
Springboks SA Rugby R22.5m per annum 2013-14
       
SA Olympic Teams SASCOC R6m per annum 2014-15
Springboks SA Rugby R22.5m per annum 2014-15
       
SA Olympic Teams SASCOC R6m per annum 2015-16
Springboks SA Rugby R22.5 per annun 2015-16
Miss South Africa Sun International R594k 2015-16
World Routes UBM R1.5m 2015-16
NBA Africa Games NBA Africa R1.3m 2015-16
International Jazz Extravaganza Teacup Projects Proprietary Limited R1.1m 2015-16

Notes:

  • The SA Rugby sponsorship was a four (4) year agreement that ended in on 31 December 2015
  • The SASCOC sponsorship is a three (3) year agreement that expires in March 2017
  • All other sponsorship listed above with the exception of SA Rugby and SASCOC were agreements reviewed annually
  • All SAA sponsorships including the ones listed above, are offered strictly on Value-In-Kind (VIK) basis with no outlay of cash.  The sponsored parties are liable for airport taxes.
  • There is no mandatory provisions in the cost containment measures (National Treasury Instruction 01 of 2013/14) prohibiting sponsorships although accounting authorities were required to implement measures to contain operational costs and eliminate all non-essential expenditure.  SAA is only required to obtain the Minister’s approval for significant transactions outlined in terms of Section 54(2) of the PFMA.
  • According to SAA, the Bafana Bafana sponsorship is valued at R110m in value in kind over a five (5) year period.
  • The Minister does not intend to make an announcement on this matter as SAA announces and accounts for all its sponsorships.

Nonetheless, prudence is required in exercising financial authority during times of financial constraints.