South Africa’s tourism board is due to be dissolved amid fallout over a proposed sponsorship for the English Premier League club Tottenham Spurs, local media report.
The deal was scrapped last month following an uproar especially from cash-strapped national sports federations and labour unions, who believe the money would be better spent elsewhere.
The three-year shirt sleeve sponsorship deal had been valued at about $51m.
“In all the circumstances, I believe that good cause exists to dissolve the board and I shall do so officially through the government gazette on Friday 21 April 2023,” Tourism Minister Patricia de Lille is quoted as saying.
A three-member team is expected to take over the functions of the board pending the appointment of a new board.