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LOC hasn't paid AFCON 2013 service providers

The LOC is waiting for annual financial statements to be audited and for CAF to release funds.

FILE: The pitch of the National Stadium appears ready to host the final of Afcon 2013. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - At least five months after South Africa hosted the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament Eyewitness News understands several service providers have still not been paid.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) has written to them acknowledging the debt and undertaking to pay the outstanding amount once the Confederation of African Football (CAF) releases money. The LOC also is waiting for annual financial statements to be audited.

Eyewitness News is in possession of letters sent by LOC acting chief executive Andrew Dipela to service providers apologising for the delay in settling its debts.

LOC spokesperson Sipho Sithole said: "Unfortunatley that (payment) has not happened as speedily as we had hoped. We are now hoping that by the second week or so we would have resolved all the matters."

However, Sithole said the bulk of the payments have already been processed and the LOC hopes that this issue does not discourage companies from supplying future events.

He added the LOC would be concerned if companies doubted to work with them in the future but hopes the contractors would understand.