Durban’s Point precinct is been transformed into a property market paradise, with upgraded roads and waterways leading to upmarket apartment blocks.

Despite fears that Soccer World Cup facilities would be come white elephants, Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium is raking in millions.

The future use of two stadiums built specially for the tournament hinged on their also becoming rugby union grounds: Danny Jordan.

Friday, 04 December 2009 02:00

Durban rail station on track for completion

Construction of Durban's new Moses Mabhida Rail Commuter Station - which forms part of the upgrade of the Moses Mabhida Stadium precinct in central Durban, ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup - is well underway

Tuesday, 24 November 2009 02:00

New stadium being given a low-key initiation

Durban's pride of 2010, the Moses Mabhida stadium, will get a low-key opening on Sunday with a KwaZuluNatal derby between Amazulu and Maritzburg United.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 02:00

All systems go for 2010 World Cup

With one year to go, stadiums are nearly ready for the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.

Monday, 16 February 2009 02:00

Durban’s 2010 stadium reaches milestone

Fireworks were the order of the night when the lighting of the arch above the Moses Mabhida Stadium was celebrated in Durban on Saturday.

Construction IndustryThe who’s who in the political and soccer fraternity were present at the ceremony on Saturday. Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza, Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, Premier S’bu Ndebele, and MEC Zweli Mkhize were among the dignitaries at the glittering event.

Ndebele said the completion of the arch symbolised unity.

“It is a celebration of teams working together to create not only an architectural and engineering masterpiece, but to physically create an icon that symbolises and spans years of history, hope and work, to let all South Africans feel the pulse of unification,” he said.

“South Africa is ready to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. KwaZulu- Natal and Durban are ready to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”

Ndebele said South Africa was poised to make the 2010 World Cup an African event – one that will help spread confidence and prosperity across the entire continent.

“As hosts of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa stands not as a country alone – but as a representative of Africa, and as part of an African family of nations,” he said.

The stadium is named after one of the country’s most iconic struggle leaders, Moses Mabhida.

In 2006 the provincial government went to Mozambique and brought back the remains of Mabhida. He was laid to rest outside Pietermaritzburg.

Ndebele hailed the eThekwini municipality, saying the city was on track to complete the iconic stadium that will serve as a symbol of pride.

“We celebrate the completion of the stadium arch, which is a proudly South African architectural, engineering and construction milestone. ”

 

WHILE most 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium construction and upgrade projects in SA have overspent their budgets, training ground Orlando Stadium has kept within its R280m budget.

Construction IndustryCity of Johannesburg authorities said yesterday all the material for the stadium was bought long before the prices increased.

“We bought all the material in 2006 and kept it on site. What we couldn’t accommodate, like the roof, we found alternative storage space for,” said Deon Venter, the city’s official in the community development department.

Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo said price increase projections were conducted even before contracts for the construction of the stadium were signed, as escalations were expected.

“There were interactions and engagements before the contracts were signed. We created the foundation to make sure that problems that happened elsewhere did not happen at Orlando.”

The stadium will be used as a training venue during the tournament. Its construction was 75% funded by the City of Johannesburg and 25% by the national government. It has been reported that the World Cup would cost the government R3bn more than the planned R9,8bn. Experts say this is because of increasing building material prices and general inflation.

Unlike at match venues across the country, construction had not been delayed at Orlando as there had been no labour disputes.

Disputed overtime payments and bonuses brought construction to a halt a number of times at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit, the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town, Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane and the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. The City of Johannesburg said the first phase of the Orlando construction was 94% complete and that the entire facility would be completed in four months.

Councillor Ruby Mathang said labour disputes had not taken place because the building process was “people driven”.

“We sourced labour from across the entire Soweto area. We met community liaison officers and constantly had meetings with labour. The success was because people wanted to see this project succeed,” said Mathang.

 

Thursday, 22 May 2008 02:00

Esor thrives on building boom

Geotechnical engineering specialist Esor on Wednesday reported a threefold increase in revenue to R1bn for the year to February as it benefited from commercial and government infrastructure spend and a building upsurge in Angola and Mauritius.

Construction IndustryCEO Bernie Krone said today’s buoyant construction market was the primary driver for the group’s organic growth.

“The Gautrain continues to be a major contributor. We have R400m worth of work for the high- speed train which will be world class, with 14 months’ worth of work,” Krone said.

Of the R420m worth of projects secured, R170m was completed during the year.

“The Gautrain … is stimulating major development within the radius of its stations’ use areas, which will dramatically alter the urban landscape and further boost the construction industry beyond 2010.” The many new developments in the pipeline included high-rise offices, hotels and retail and commercial building projects.

The group has completed piling projects for Airports Company SA at the new King Shaka and Cape Town International Airports and contracts for piling, pedestrian culvert jacking and lateral support at OR Tambo International Airport.

Work on stadiums for the 2010 World Cup has been completed at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and Port Elizabeth Stadium.

Profit came in at R116m from R34m a year before.

Headline earnings per share jumped 240% to R115m, equating to 51,3c per share while net asset value per share increased 46% from 109,8c per share to 160,3c.

The group declared a final dividend of 20c per share for the year for a total of R49,6m.

Krone said the group was entrenching its presence in Africa, building on subsidiary Franki’s foothold in oil-rich Angola. Contracts for piling, lateral support and marine works projects were completed during the year.

Stringent cost control kept operating margins steady despite the negative effect on the group of unusually abundant December rains.

“We did see a slight decrease in margins in the final quarter of the year since excessive rain in Gauteng slowed down projects before and after our year-end break.

“However, a stricter focus on operational efficiencies and aggressive investment in plant helped keep margins on a par with last year,” Krone said.

Esor invested R147,5m in new equipment during the year.

Krone said the current year would be an acquisitive one, but the group would look only at companies that made good business sense and in the geotechnical engineering sector.

 

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality and the 2010 World Cup local organising committee have distanced themselves from any possible mediation bid to avert a strike at the Port Elizabeth stadium

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