Hunt in pursuit of a lasting legacy
Jeremy Hunt may be here in Cape Town on a fact-finding mission for England's 2018 World Cup bid but the London 2012 Olympics are never far from the new Culture Secretary's thoughts.
And in an interview with the BBC here, Hunt has again refused to rule out further cuts to the Olympic budget or, perhaps more controversially, a raid on the Games' remaining £1.2bn contingency fund.
Hunt, who is on a three-day trip to South Africa and will attend England's World Cup match against Algeria on Friday, insisted the Government would do nothing to jeopardise the delivery of a "safe and successful" Olympics.
But he added that, with the public finances facing such severe pressure, coalition ministers could not ring fence the £9.3bn budget set aside to pay for the Games.
"We have already made some small savings," Hunt told me. "But we are facing some very difficult times economically and we cannot rule out having to make further cuts."
When asked specifically whether he would rule out a raid on the Olympic contingency fund, he replied: "Nothing can be ruled out."
The Olympic Delivery Authority has already had to find £27m of savings in the current financial year - a target it says it is confident of hitting.
But Hunt's comments will raise the possibility that further Olympic cutbacks could be announced when Chancellor George Osborne sets out his emergency budget on Tuesday.
Hunt is part of a team of dignitaries and officials who have descended on Cape Town for England's match with Algeria. It is a useful opportunity to learn some lessons for England's 2018 World Cup bid.
Bid ambassador and Football Association president Prince William will also attend the Algeria game with his brother Prince Harry before moving on to Johannesburg on Saturday for a royal reception thrown by the FA.
England 2018 officials have already held a dinner for potential 2018 host cities and bid sponsors overlooking Cape Town's waterfront, claiming the event does not break Fifa's strict lobbying rules because it was a "private internal dinner". As for Saturday's lunch, that is an FA event.
The trip has provided Hunt - and others closely involved with the bid - with an opportunity to see first hand what the World Cup experience is like.
So what will they find in Cape Town?
The answer is a very different experience to Johannesburg. Mainly because of its geographical location at the southern tip of South Africa but also because of its more relaxed, cosmopolitan feel, the World Cup feels like it is happening somewhere else.
There is little evidence in the centre of Cape Town of the yellow and green of Bafana Bafana fans or the dreaded vuvuzela, which you hear day and night in Johannnesburg, regardless of whether there are matches on.
Here, the big talking point has been whether the local government should have spent £250m on the impressive Green Point Stadium when there were far cheaper alternatives at Newlands or Athelone on the Cape Flats, near to the townships where the black community who follow football mostly live.
In the end, perhaps pushed by Fifa, which saw the potential of the picturesque positioning of Green Point, the city chose to spend the money on a 60,000-seater venue that would allow them to stage one extra match - a semi-final. Because of its smaller capacity, Newlands would have been able to stage a quarter-final but not a semi.
Some critics have argued that spending £250m for one extra game is a terrible waste of money while there are doubts the new stadium will be used with any regularity after the World Cup party is over.
Both London 2012 and now England's 2018 bid have made it clear no stadiums will become white elephants - but the story of Cape Town provides a stark reminder that, in this economic climate, governments cannot afford to waste a penny of public money on big sporting events that do not leave a proper and lasting legacy.