It is with delicious anticipation that I wait for the next salvo from opposition parties and well meaning ‘financial gurus’ to throw yet more gripes against the staging of Afcon in Port Elizabeth at our Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
What astounds me is that these well intentioned letter writers still haven’t learned one simple lesson – a politically sanctioned event will go ahead no matter how much the opposition to it. The escape clause in the Afcon agreement is just words on a piece of paper and not worth much except to appease people opposed to the hosting and to provide an outlet for their self abasement and grandstanding in the name of ‘protecting the ratepayer’.
Let’s be brutally honest here – the ratepayer has one chance every few years to make a difference with a ballot paper and a pen, for the rest of the time it is up to our fat councillors to play monopoly with our money making it go around and around hoping that as much of it as possible will stick to their fat shining bodies.
I can see both sides of the coin and could give valid reasons for both.
BUT, here is a message to those opposed to the hosting of the Afcon Cup:
When life throws you lemons, make lemonade. When you are flour bombed make CAKE.
Instead of wasting your time and raising your stress levels writing and moaning try a little bit of Guerrilla Marketing and CONTRIBUTE to help alleviate the expected monetary hit that the ratepayers can expect leading up to and after the Afcon Cup.
My suggestion is as simple as having a cake sale outside the stadium every weekend and placing all proceeds in an Afcon Disaster Relief Fund with transparent accounting. Please also set a small percentage of that aside for the stadium as well, as they need as much support as they can get because it seems like they are not getting it from the municipal coffers either.
I can see it now – lots of Blue and White cakes, a plethora of Black, Green and Yellow and a pitiful few Chocolate, Vanilla and Coffee cakes.