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Wednesday, June 20, 2012


World's top billed female performer Beyonce had been billed to stage a breath taking concert in South Africa but turns out there was no deal at all. Rumors were rife that the Sports and recreation department had already booked the star for a whopping $2million.The sport and recreation department has denied paying R17m ($2million) for United States singer Beyoncé Knowles to perform at the sports awards later this year. "No contract of R17m has been signed," the department's director general Alec Moemi said on Tuesday. "This is a fabrication." Moemi said the department issued a tender every year asking companies to provide proposals on what they intended to feature at the awards if given the chance. This year a company had proposed bringing Knowles, and had said it could arrange sponsors. "We are quite keen and we are quite excited... if we can get Beyoncé without paying," he said. However, it was just a proposal and the department had not yet decided who to appoint.
News of Beyonce coming to South Africa later this year for the second Annual South African Sports Awards had spread like bush fire on social media networks.  Sports minister, Fikile Mbalula revealed his plan of wanting to bring Beyonce to the country on Kaya FM several days ago. While some were excited about the announcement, others had not taken the news well. Yesterday, COSATU General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi posted: "Example of an own goal. What is your feeling on Mr Mbalula paying Beyonce 17million Rand for an hour's work when we have artists in SA?" It is understood that Big Concerts has been roped in to facilitate the performance. According to the reports, more information about the star attractions of the bash will be unveiled in August after the London Olympics.

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