Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has rebuked a report by the Daily Maverick linking her directly to a proposal to sponsor the English football club Tottenham Hotspur.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Minister’s spokesperson, Steve Motale says the article is riddled with inaccuracies and untruths aimed at tarnishing Minister Sisulu’s image.
The Daily Maverick had reported in its online article that Minister Sisulu is forcing SA Tourism to push the sponsorship deal through “before she is moved from Tourism portfolio.”
According to the news publication, South African government, through its marketing agency SA Tourism, is preparing to conclude a deal worth nearly R1-billion for a period of 3 years.
“This is a blatant lie. This reported deal, is purely an SAT board matter on which Minister Sisulu has not been formally briefed by the board. Like any other board, the SAT board is independent and Minister Sisulu does not interfere with its decisions.
“Proposals get received by SAT, and are processed by a project team, then are sent through to the executive committee before being presented to the SAT board,” Motale said.
In terms of government procedure, the SA Tourism proposal is to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club which is non-binding. Such a proposal must still pass muster within the Tourism Ministry and is subject to the concurrence of National Treasury, to conform to government prescripts.
“With regard this matter, Minister Sisulu is still awaiting for a report and to be briefed by SAT board as they are independent and take their own decisions on various matters.
“It is mischievous, to relate this to the imminent cabinet reshuffle,” Motale added.