Cape Town stays on course

The Western Cape provincial government announced yesterday that they were impressed that Cape Town's preparations for the 2010 World Cup were well on track.

Western Cape MEC for sport and culture Whitey Jacobs told Sowetan: "We are pleased that the construction of the Green Point Stadium is going according to plan. The report I have received is that we are on schedule.

"We know that there is an ongoing court case brought by the Green Point environmental body to stop the construction of the stadium - I believe the matter will be heard in the Cape Town courts sometime later next month.

"The good thing about the whole thing is that it is work in progress on site at the Green Point Stadium.

"We have been talking to the City of Cape Town and other stakeholders to make sure that we don't lose focus in our preparations."

Jacobs is one of the prominent South African sports administrators who are in Ghana to support Bafana Bafana at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Pieter Cronje, Cape Town municipality 2010 World Cup communications director, said: "We all know that there will be several inspections by the Fifa technical committee and the Local Organising Committee between this year and 2009.

"We are on schedule for the inspections and completion date. The major final inspection will take place in October 2009.

"We are no longer talking about the foundation - the first of the three tiers for seating will be complete by April.

"There was some time that we lost due to the heavy rains and 6,5 days due to a labour dispute about the transport allowance for the workers on site. The dispute has since been resolved and we are back on track.

"The gains and losses of the strike and bad weather have been balanced out."

Cape Town mayor Helen Zille has said they will fight any attempt to delay the construction of the 70000-seater stadium.