Peter Mokaba Sports on track

THE construction of the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex in Polokwane for the 2010 World Cup is well on track, with the facility expected to be completed in September.

THE construction of the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex in Polokwane for the 2010 World Cup is well on track, with the facility expected to be completed in September.

Addressing an international media briefing at Ellis Park Stadium yesterday, Polokwane World Cup director Ndavhe Ramakuela, said the stadium was 78percent complete.

"The work dealing with concrete and bricks has been completed. We are now left with two major things, placing the 45000 plastic seats and working on the pitch.

"The roof which was ordered from Japan and assembled in Johannesburg is the final stages.

"We were delayed by the industrial action, when 20 days were lost. The stadium will be completed by September. We plan to have two or three games to test the venue."

Ramakuela also announced that three teams have already shown interest to use the stadium, which is next to the existing Peter Mokaba Stadium.

"We will be announcing a company to manage the facility and are confident that the it will be fully utilised for various activities."

Ramakuela also announced that the Polokwane Municipality will buy a fleet of 120 luxury buses and 16 minibuses to be used during the tournament.

"We are also in the process of completing the upgrading of all the roads leading to the stadium. The upgrading of the roads in Seshego and Mankweng will be completed in July. We also identified a park and ride land where 10000 cars will be able to park."

Ramakuela said there will be a meeting with all the transport stakeholders this weekend to discuss plans for the tournament.

"The meeting will be attended by taxi and bus operators."

The Limpopo provincial government will also organise transport to ferry people in all the five regions to attend the 2010 World Cup games.

Ramakuela assured foreign media that Polokwane will offer them one of the most exciting World Cup experiences, with emphasis on the African experience.

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