The government has rejected suggestions that South Africa will not have its soccer stadiums ready for the 2010 World Cup.
Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi, speaking in Pretoria yesterday, said that tenders would be finalised by the end of this month and final negotiations on pricing and sub-contracting would take place next month.
He said building would start in mid-February.
Moleketi's comments come in the wake of Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying recently that the building had to start "now".
Moleketi said the R15billion allocated by the government for stadiums and infrastructure was sufficient.
Of this amount, R8,4billion would be spent on stadiums.
Moleketi confirmed that negotiations were continuing between the government and ratepayers in Cape Town opposed to the building of a new stadium on Green Point Common. He said he was confident a solution could be found through discussion, but if the dispute went to court the government had "a winnable case".
l See pages 24 and 39