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COSATU shocked by the cabinet's decision to support the bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup

04 August 2017

The country is yet to honestly quantify the benefits of hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup that turned out to be nothing but a festival of looting and cheating. The soccer tournament was followed by the longest public service strike, when workers were told that there was no money to pay for their salary adjustments.

The notion that this bid will help prove that we are winning is ridiculous and laughable. Winning nations do not have 38% unemployment with 50% of their young people out of work. All sectors of the economy are currently bleeding jobs, especially the mining, agriculture and the manufacturing sectors.

Keeping up appearances and converting this country into a playground for the rich is not an economic master plan that will take us out of recession and help eradicate poverty.

Sporting events and the flag-waving hysteria that accompanies them will not mask the painful reality that 10 million people are unemployed and more than 17 million are on welfare ,as a result of wrong policy choices and lack of decisive leadership.

It is also interesting that the same companies that are retrenching and not interested in investing in the economy are prepared to spend millions of rands sponsoring this World Cup.

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