All Reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa
Sello Moloto, Limpopo premier, is impressed with the progress in the construction of the new Peter Mokaba Sports Complex in Polokwane.
The new facility, which is next to the existing Peter Mokaba Stadium, will be one of the 10 venues for the 2010 World Cup finals.
Peter Mokaba is one of the new stadiums that have not been affected by labour strikes since construction started in March.
Besides Peter Mokaba, the other new stadiums built for the World Cup are Mbombela (Nelspruit), Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), Moses Mabhida (Durban) and Green Point (Cape Town).
Nelson Mandela Bay is the only stadium which the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) board of directors has decided will also host the 2009 Confederations Cup.
"We are quite impressed that everything is moving in the right direction, we have not had problems since the start of the construction process," said Moloto yesterday.
"The aim is to deliver a world-class stadium that not only the people of Limpopo, but the whole South Africa, will be proud off."
Moloto, who has adopted a hands-on approach in matters relating to the World Cup, gets regular updates from the Polokwane Municipality on the preparations.
The popular Premier has also appointed veteran politician Pandelani Ramagoma from his office to supervise the World Cup preparations for the provincial government.
Peter Mokaba Sports Complex will have a capacity of 45000 . It will be built at a cost of R696,7 million and will be completed in October 2009.
The provincial government earlier announced that it had plans to upgrade the stadiums in Thohoyandou and Giyani as part of the World Cup legacy projects.
Moloto said their plans had not changed, adding that they were pursuing several business people to fund the projects.
The initial plan by the Limpopo government and Polokwane Municipality was to rope in Giyani and Thohoyandou as training venues for the World Cup.
However, their hopes were dashed after Fifa announced that the training venues must not be more than 30km away from the match venue.
Moloto said Seshego Stadium, Peter Mokaba Stadium and University of Limpopo's Oscar Mphetha Stadium will now be used as training venues.