Battle over land for 2010 resolved

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A long battle between the Matsafeni community and the Mbombela municipality over land on which the 2010 stadium is being built is finally over.

This follows a meeting between the land claims commission and the Matsafeni community where it was agreed that the council and the community would enter into a 50-50 partnership for a joint venture to control and manage the stadium.

Acting chief land claims commissioner Blessing Mphela said they met the Matsafeni community about the construction of the stadium on their land.

"The outcome of the meeting is that there is a general understanding that the construction of the stadium in preparation for the 2010 World Cup is in the public interest and the community would withdraw their court case," said Mphela.

He said of about 5700 hectares of land restored to the Matsafeni community, only 118 hectares will be alienated for the purpose of the development of the stadium, as well as a residential area, by the Mbombela municipality.

He said the land restored to the Matsafeni community was purchased for R62million.

The land on which the stadium is being constructed is now valued at R43million.