Soccer World Cup 2010


Laws faciliting Soccer World Cup 2010

In order to facilitate its hosting of the Soccer World Cup 2010, South Africa's government has introduced several laws.

2010 Fifa World Cup SA Special Measures Bill
Sports and Recreation Bill

This bill is in response to the 2001 Ellis Park tragedy and will improve security for the Soccer World Cup 2010.

Money Bill

The National Treasury plans to introduce a money bill to address financial matters relating to Soccer World Cup 2010. According to Malcolm Simpson (head of the National Treasury's World Cup unit), the legislation would make provision for the import and export of goods for the tournament and tax matters relating to profits made at the Soccer World Cup by foreign companies and income tax matters related to Fifa personnel who would be working in South Africa.

Tony Leon

In his regular internet column, SA Today, in June 2006 Tony Leon said two Bills -- the first and second 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Special Measures Bills -- were meant to have been passed by the end of 2005. When Parliament did not do so, Fifa gave South Africa until the end of June this year. It then extended the deadline to July 31. However, Parliament went into recess on 23 June 2006 and it will not reconvene until 14 August 2006 in plenary session. If the Fifa deadline is to be met, Parliament will have to hold a special session, "which seems unlikely". Furthermore, while the first Bill needs only be passed by the National Assembly, the second Bill needs to be passed by the National Council of Provinces as well. Therefore, Leon argued, Parliament could be well into September 2006 before it meets its commitments to Fifa.

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