‘Ticket tax can fund sport development’

FILE PICTURE: Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula. (Photo: GCIS)

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has again raised the possibility of introducing a ticket levy on match tickets for different sporting codes to pay for development.

Speaking at a media briefing ahead of tabling his budget vote in Parliament, Mbalula said a tax on ticket sales would not mean an increase in prices.

“Ticket levy does not mean an increase in terms of the purchasing of tickets to go and watch a sport. It means we want to benefit out of that ticket that you go and pay to watch sport, any sport, to benefit devleopment,” he said.

“Other people exaggerate and blow it out of proportion saying Mbalula is calling for increase, generally arousing a revolt from people.”

Mbalula said although his department’s budget increased by R18.1 million this financial year, it was not enough to support sports development, meaning a new funding model needed to be found.

Imposing a ticket levy was one option in terms of plugging the funding gap he said.

“It’s basically saying what you pay already…if its R20, out of that R20, R5 [or] R2 must be allocated to sports development. Tourism does that,” Mbalula explained.

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