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By unknown | Jun 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla yesterday announced that the construction of the Mbombela Stadium was on track despite an outstanding land ownership dispute.

"The 2010 political committee is entrusted with finding an amicable resolution to the ongoing land ownership dispute," Makwetla said. "And I am happy to announce that the construction of the stadium is on track.

"The successful coordination of World Cup preparations in collaboration with the host city, Mbombela, continues to be one of the key priorities of this financial year."

He said there was an agreement among the parties to the conflict that the construction of the stadium would not be negatively affected.

Makwetla said that an integrated 2010 office had been established to serve as central point of coordination for all 2010 World Cup programme activities. It will also enhance coordination between the implementing institutions.

An integrated 2010 office would foster alignment and synergy in the work done by Mbombela municipality, the office of the premier and the department of culture, sport and recreation.

The premier said work on the implementation of the 24 Fifa World Cup projects, to which government was committed, was progressing in terms of the agreed plan.

"Collaboration with Mozambique and Swaziland will be of vital importance to plan jointly for the provision of hospitality and accommodation that will meet the needs of visitors during the World Cup games," Makwetla said.


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