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South Africa cancel $51 million deal with English Premier club Tottenham Spurs

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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.

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“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.

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