Peter Mokaba passes first test

SEAL OF APPROVAL: Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula, left, chats to Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale during the official opening of the Peter Mokaba Complex on Saturday. Mathale urged Limpopo people to use the stadium with care and dignity since it was their property and not only for the 2010 World Cup. Pic: ELIJAR MUSHIANA. Circa January 2010. © Sowetan.26 JANUARY 2010 TUESDAY:SKILLS: A Deputy Minister of police Fikile Mbalula speaks to a Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale during the official opening of the  Peter Mokaba complex on Saturday. Mathale urges Limpopo people to use the stadium with care and dignity because it is their property, not only for 2010 World Cup. PHOTO: ELIJAR MUSHIANA
SEAL OF APPROVAL: Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula, left, chats to Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale during the official opening of the Peter Mokaba Complex on Saturday. Mathale urged Limpopo people to use the stadium with care and dignity since it was their property and not only for the 2010 World Cup. Pic: ELIJAR MUSHIANA. Circa January 2010. © Sowetan.26 JANUARY 2010 TUESDAY:SKILLS: A Deputy Minister of police Fikile Mbalula speaks to a Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale during the official opening of the Peter Mokaba complex on Saturday. Mathale urges Limpopo people to use the stadium with care and dignity because it is their property, not only for 2010 World Cup. PHOTO: ELIJAR MUSHIANA

LIMPOPO premier Cassel Mathale has said that Polokwane is more than ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches scheduled for Peter Mokaba Stadium.

LIMPOPO premier Cassel Mathale has said that Polokwane is more than ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches scheduled for Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Mathale was speaking after the new stadium passed its first readiness test on Saturday, when the inaugural Peter Mokaba Cup took place without major problems.

Kaizer Chiefs won Saturday's international tournament that also featured Danish giants Brondby, SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits.

"The new stadium is one of the best sports facilities in the world," Mathale said.

"It is such a great feeling that Limpopo has such a beautiful stadium."

He said they were delighted that Saturday's tournament went very well.

"We can confidently say Polokwane, as one of the nine World Cup host cities, is ready and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of tourists to our province."

Mathale is hoping the teething problems in the stadium, like the faulty VIP lift, will be attended to urgently.

"There were two or three challenges that needed to be attended to, including the lift that was not fully functional. It is meant to take up to 10 people but it could take only between five and six people.

"The issue of signage is also a big challenge - people must identify where they are sitting in case they need to go to the restroom."

Mathale said they wanted to see more big games organised at the stadium to test the transport system ahead of the World Cup.

"We are all aware the park-and-ride system will be used during the World Cup. It was not used during the Peter Mokaba Cup because the fans were allowed to use their own cars.

"We need to have more games at the stadiums to test the park-and-ride system."

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