World Cup volunteers not paid

Cape Town - The majority of 2010 FIFA World Cup volunteers have still not been paid the R100 a day stipend owed to them by the Local Organising Committee.

According to Onke Mjo, manager of the volunteer programme for the 2010 LOC, 10 000 out of 15 000 volunteers have not received their stipends. 

The main reason for this was the large amount of volunteers that worked during the 2010 World Cup, she said.

Also, stipends are paid out on a stadium to stadium basis. “We gave volunteers their First National Bank cards after the close of each venue,” said Mjo.

Stipends were to be paid into the FNB cards, which function like bank cards.

“Volunteers from Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane got their cards first and they have been paid.”

According to Mjo, the LOC has managed to pay the volunteers who worked at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Free State Stadium and the Football for Hope Festival in Alexandra.

Also, international volunteers have received their stipends as they would not have been able to use their FNB cards overseas, said Mjo

Volunteers from Cape Town Stadium have been told that they will be paid on August 31.

Others are still in the dark about when they will receive their money.

“I received my FNB card more than three weeks ago,” said Soccer City volunteer Mothegi Mogane, 22. “I was initially told that we would be paid five days after the event ended. Then they said before August 1, but I’m still waiting.”

Mashilo Masemola, 27, who also volunteered at Soccer City, said he had not received any information regarding payment from the LOC since the end of the tournament when he was told he would be paid by the end of July.

“It’s a matter of principle. They promised to pay us by now, but they have not kept that promise."
- News24
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