20 JULY 2015

Weekend media reports​ incorrectly stated that South Africa paid almost R98 million to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, an amount that was split between eThekwini Municipality and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. 

In fact eThekwini contributed R17.5m as part of the shared costs with the Provincial Government towards the bidding process for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The City also contributed an additional R 500 000 for inbound and outbound travelling, including the hosting of international delegations, travelling and lobbying bringing the total costs paid by the City to R18m.

Furthermore, media reports also stated that eThekwini Municipality plans to spend “R6.4 billion on 2022 games” which is also incorrect. All costs for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games should the Durban bid be successful will be split between National Government, Provincial Government, eThekwini Municipality and the South African Sports Olympic Committee.


Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: and Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or