'World Cup venues will be ready'

THE massive stadium construction projects for the 2010 World Cup have long been marred by labour unrest.

In August 2007 at least 1000 workers employed by Murray & Roberts and WBHO twice downed tools at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium in a dispute over the transportation of workers to and from work.

In November 2007, workers at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium downed tools demanding a monthly project bonus. Last year at least 700 workers at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo embarked on an illegal three-week strike demanding to be paid bonuses.

In February this year workers at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, also downed tools over wages and bonuses.

Ten stadiums in nine cities will play host to the World Cup soccer games, the first time the tournament will be staged in Africa.

Fifa has given the local organising committee a deadline of October 15 to complete all the stadiums.

World Cup organisers were confident this weekend that the deadline would be met. - Getrude Makhafola