In Gauteng JHB: Three South African Tourism board members have resigned amid the controversial Tottenham Hotspur sponsorship proposal.
Enver Duminy, Ravi Nadasen and Rosemary Anderson resigned with immediate effect.
South African Tourism board chairperson Aubrey Mhlongo confirmed the resignations, specifically recognising Duminy and Nadasen, who were serving their third term.
Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has accepted the resignations. The process of appointing “suitable replacements” is under way.
The resignations were announced shortly after reports that SA Tourism’s interim chief financial officer, Johan van der Walt, was, in a story first reported in the Daily Maverick, linked to an agency identified in the controversial Tottenham sponsorship proposal.
SA Tourism has proposed a three-year deal with the English Premier League club, worth £42.5 million (about R900 million), starting at the beginning of the 2023-’24 season and ending at the end of the 2026-’27 season.
SA Tourism would receive kit branding, interview backdrop branding, match-day advertising, partnership announcements, training camps in South Africa and free access to tickets and stadium hospitality.
The deal as questioned by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office earlier this week.