Finishing touches

The refurbishing of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be completed at the end of next month for the 2009 Confederations Cup.

The refurbishing of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium will be completed at the end of next month for the 2009 Confederations Cup.

George Khunou, Royal Bafokeng Sports managing director, said builders have already started assembling the roof of the stadium.

The stadium in Phokeng, which is owned by the Bafokeng tribe in North West, will also be used for the 2010 World Cup finals.

The upgraded stadium will have a capacity of 42 000. Other new facilities will include a proper scoreboard, hospitality suites and a media lounge.

"The process is well on track and we are happy that the stadium will be handed over to the Local Organising Committee in February," said Khunou.

"Constructors in other sectors are doing final touches. The roof is the main project that the constructors are working on now."

Kennedy Mosiapoa, the North West 2010 coordinator, said they were satisfied that all the Confed Cup and World Cup projects were on track.

The North West government, Rustenburg and Bojanala municipalities are spending R400 million on road infrastructure to prepare for the World Cup.

A highway, the Western Bypass, is planned to link the N4 road with the Sun City resort and an Eastern Bypass will link the N4 with the Rustenburg aerodrome.

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