Stadium is the answer

Cape Town's share of the considerable Fifa 2010 Soccer World Cup benefits depend entirely on the new Green Point Stadium, Mayor Helen Zille warned yesterday.

Cape Town's share of the considerable Fifa 2010 Soccer World Cup benefits depend entirely on the new Green Point Stadium, Mayor Helen Zille warned yesterday.

"According to the Local Organising Committee and the contract we have as a host city with Fifa, we either build the Green Point Stadium in time or we will lose the World Cup for Cape Town.

"Do not think that the billions of rands of 2010-linked investments would still come if we are not a host city."

Zille said she did not believe the residents who objected were willing to throw away this opportunity to have state-of-the-art sports facilities, a magnificent urban park and a well-managed green lung in the city.

"Residents, and specifically objectors to the stadium, must be quite clear about the choices we face," she told a special council meeting. - Sapa

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