City's stadium progress now back on track, says Jordaan

Posted On Friday, 24 August 2007 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property
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Port Elizabeth has stepped up the construction pace of its World Cup stadium – to the extent that the project is now on schedule

Danny JordaanPort Elizabeth has stepped up the construction pace of its World Cup stadium – to the extent that the project is now on schedule, the 2010 local organising committee (LOC) executive said on Thursday.

Committee chief Danny Jordaan said his delegation, which comprised Sport Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, Local Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi and among others Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi, left the city “quite happy” with the progress made on the stadium.

The executive committee meets monthly on a rotational basis in all the host cities to monitor construction progress. Last month it was in Durban.

Only two weeks ago Jordaan said the construction of the Port Elizabeth and Cape Town stadiums was lagging “slightly” behind. However, there was no cause for concern.

“We discussed construction progress and the budget management. We also visited the stadium. We leave the city very happy. They have managed to deal with challenges and the project is now on track. They have done a lot of work over the last two weeks,” said Jordaan. “We are also happy with the financial management.”

He said the Port Elizabeth stadium was critical as it should be ready to host the Confederations Cup in June 2009.

According to the programme, the stadium should be completed by the end of next year.

Jordaan said they had met mayor Nondumiso Maphazi, deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni, municipal manager Graham Richards and other officials “for a full briefing”.

Maphazi also said the LOC executive was happy with the pace of work.

“We explained to them all the processes we are going through. A lot of work has been done in the past days, and we have adopted different approaches so that we meet the deadline,” she said.

Five completely new 2010 stadiums will be built. The other four are Cape Town, Polokwane, Mbombela in Mpumalanga and the King Senzangakhona in Durban.

Construction budgets for all these stadiums have shot up, resulting in the national treasury calling for explanations from the municipalities.


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