New Zealand won the World Cup on home soil five years ago
An injection of funds from the International Cricket Council will rescue next year's Women's World Cup.
A merger between the ICC and the International Women's Cricket Council is expected to be rubber-stamped when the ruling body meets this week.
South Africa, hosts of the 2005 showpiece, are believed to have failed to attract corporate sponsorship.
An IWCC spokeswoman told BBC Sport: "They should have got their act together a long time ago but they didn't."
The tournament is scheduled to take place in February, but the United Cricket Board of South Africa has not yet released an itinerary.
The 2000 World Cup in New Zealand, by contrast, already had CricInfo in place as title sponsors nine months before the competition began.
"South Africa have been slow on this issue ever since they knew they were going to host the tournament some time ago," the spokeswoman added.
"There have been rumours running around for years, but they are hosting the World Cup as far as I am concerned and there is no change to that.
"They should have got organised a long time ago but they have only done so in the last three months."
Just as it provides cash for the men's World Cup, the ICC will fund the women's version when it incorporates the IWCC.
"My view is that the substantial amount of money the ICC is giving will be enough to run the tournament," the spokeswoman reckoned.
"But I'm sure more money will be needed, and only South Africa know how much it will cost to run it."
It is hoped the merger will enable the global women's game to be run more smoothly.
"The IWCC will cease to exist, and there will be a women's cricket advisory group as part of the ICC," the spokeswoman said.
"The IWCC simply doesn't have the resources, so the merger means the ICC can be more pro-active on women's cricket."
The merger will be one of many issues on a crammed agenda when the ICC meets in London.
The ICC will discuss: