Suit over 2010 media housing

SOCCER CITY: Court action on development.  26/03/2009. © The Times
The new 2010 FNB stadium in progress.  pic MARIANNE SCHWANKHART 26.03.09

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SOCCER CITY: Court action on development. 26/03/2009. © The Times The new 2010 FNB stadium in progress. pic MARIANNE SCHWANKHART 26.03.09 ------ 28cm wide Q

SOCCER 2010 World Cup organisers face court action over plans to build alleged "hostel-type" dwellings to accommodate the media during the event, the Sunday Times reported.

SOCCER 2010 World Cup organisers face court action over plans to build alleged "hostel-type" dwellings to accommodate the media during the event, the Sunday Times reported.

The newspaper said yesterday that the City of Johannesburg and the Fifa local organising committee were facing an urgent court bid to stop it from proceeding with the R72million development next to Soccer City, south of Johannesburg.

The Expo Centre at Nasrec instituted the court action over apparent concerns over a drop in property values in the surrounding area due to what it considered "inferior" building plans for "hostel-style" dwellings.

There are also concerns that the apartments will allegedly be made mostly of prefabricated material and will not have insulation while during the cup Johannesburg will be in the middle of winter.

On Friday the city apparently gave the court an undertaking it would stop the building until the case was resolved.

The case is expected to go back to court next month. - Sapa

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