Fikile Mbalula took to Twitter to say: “Shout out to those who woke up early in Durban to witness this historical moment #Durban2022 #CommonwealthGames”.
The announcement was made in New Zealand by British sports administrator Louise Martin‚ who had been elected as the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) first female president.
Durban’s Mayor James Nxumalo said: “Africa is ready. Today marks a gigantic leap for the continent.”
Martin was chairman of the evaluation commission which gave Durban’s bid a boost after it endorsed the city last month.
“It is our recommendation the CGF general assembly votes to award the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the host city of Durban‚ South Africa‚ but subject to the final and timely delivery of a limited number of outstanding host city contract requirements‚” she said at the time.
Durban bid chairman Mark Alexander said the positive economic effect of hosting the Games would run to R25-billion. Durban was the only city in the running.