Stofile pitches into reports on PE‘s World Cup stadium lagging behind schedule

Posted On Tuesday, 15 April 2008 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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Sport and Recreation minister has criticised reports that Nelson Mandela Bay was behind schedule with the building of its 2010 soccer World Cup stadium

2010Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile has criticised “unfounded” reports that Nelson Mandela Bay was behind schedule with the building of its 2010 soccer World Cup stadium.

Stofile was speaking at the City Hall in Port Elizabeth as part of the week-long government imbizo.

During a briefing by metro Mayor Nondumiso Maphazi, the minister said, she had noted that load-shedding had had no effect on construction. Maphazi had promised him that Eskom had a special power line to service the site.

“I am also told that the city has two gas turbines to generate enough power if there is load-shedding,” Stofile said.

“This is a positive reflection of real commitment.

“Reports from last year and for this year reflect that there was danger on the stadium schedule. “I don‘t know where these negative reports about lack of progress at the city‘s stadium come from.”

He also promised that the peripheral beautification of the stadium would be finished on February 29 next year.

The stadium would be completed within the initially projected time frame.

“I am thrilled by the court ruling on the agreement that the contracted company should keep to the agreed time frames,” Stofile added.

“Any change in the construction plans could change a lot of things, so things remain as they were agreed upon.”

The Mandela Bay Development Agency – on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality – had also forwarded a proposal for the appointment of a “dynamic, professional and multi-disciplinary” stadium operator to manage the multi-purpose stadium following the end of the 2010 tournament, added Stofile.

 

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