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Old July 1st, 2007, 04:17 AM   #81
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Old July 1st, 2007, 04:20 AM   #82
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Old July 1st, 2007, 10:30 PM   #83
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Polokwane stadium on track for 2009 deadline

Hi everyone!
Some info about the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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Published: 22 Jun 07 - 0:00

Critical milestones have been reached and construction is running according to the construction schedule at the Peter Mokaba sports complex, in Polokwane, which is one of the venues that will host matches during the 2010soccer World Cup.

Once completed, the new 45 000 permanent-seat facility will be the main venue in Limpopo province for major sports, political and musical entertainment events for decades to come. The Africon consortium design evokes a bushveld theme with four powerful ‘baobab’ structural elements at the corners of the stadium to support the roof canopy. Inside each ‘baobab’, a lift shaft and two spiral ramps provide the primary vertical routes to and from the stands.

In addition to the four identical ‘baobab’ structures, the lower tiers of all the stands as well as the upper tiers are virtually identical. The stands consist of reinforced concrete frames spaced at an average distance of 7,5 m around the perimeter. These frames have raked concrete beams on the seating side to support the precast concrete seating elements.

Essential services have been put in place at the stadium.

The services include primary power generation for critical loads such as the sports field lighting, back-up power generation, security, fire and telecommunications systems, together with outdoor action replay screens, satellite and microwave communication systems and copper- wire and fibre-optic networks. Reliability has to be entrenched through the provision of double redundant power supply to the stadium and various double redundant telecommunication uplinks with the outside world.
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 10:24 AM   #84
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Hope they not getting rid of half the roof?!!!
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 01:45 PM   #85
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nope..thats just a sectional view
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 01:49 PM   #86
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Update: 2 July 2007

Hi guys. Got some new photos of the stadium. Not the best ones, but they show as much as you'll get to see without going on site. There are 5 cranes up, and 2 more waiting to be assembled. They have started with pillars already, as can be seen. Hope this is useful. Mo, you can copy these straight into the blog.

















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Old July 2nd, 2007, 03:11 PM   #87
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 03:55 PM   #88
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MY favourite SA stadium!!!!!!!!!

Just wish they can make it look more baobaby
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 04:31 PM   #89
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MY favourite SA stadium!!!!!!!!!

Just wish they can make it look more baobaby
Well, from what I've found out, the corner pillars were inspired by the baobab, so I'm sure there will be some connection to the tree... I'd like to see it as well, LOVE this stadium!
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 04:42 PM   #90
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the new render makes it look great!
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 04:59 PM   #91
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they should have tons of baobab trees surrounding the stadium during 2010
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 05:07 PM   #92
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they should have tons of baobab trees surrounding the stadium during 2010
My friend, THAT is impossible.. Baobab trees take hundreds of years to grow, and they are incredibly expensive to transport. Maybe 1 or 2, if you're lucky.. "tons", will cost you millions. Sucks, because it would look really impressive. But I can't see it happening...
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Old July 2nd, 2007, 05:24 PM   #93
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My friend, THAT is impossible.. Baobab trees take hundreds of years to grow, and they are incredibly expensive to transport. Maybe 1 or 2, if you're lucky.. "tons", will cost you millions. Sucks, because it would look really impressive. But I can't see it happening...
really good fake ones would work just as well.
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They can always make fake ones
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Old July 4th, 2007, 01:06 PM   #95
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MY favourite SA stadium!!!!!!!!!

Just wish they can make it look more baobaby
My favourite stadium too. And its in my province too.
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Old July 4th, 2007, 02:52 PM   #96
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My favourite stadium too. And its in my province too.
My favourite as well.. Obviously. I think a lot of people are secretly in love with this stadium, but they're too afraid to say it. :P

Btw, if they can make fake baobabs that look go, they should do it. I would love a whole lane of them there. Don't think they have the money for it though...
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Old July 4th, 2007, 03:31 PM   #97
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well maybe the area around the stadium should use paving or landscaping to represent a baobab from an aerial view or perhaps lighting etc
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Rib and other Pokwane guys, can we get updates please and not only for the stadium but for every other property, transport and infrastructure related projects.
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someone confirm, but the stadium seems to be having only a roof on one side now and not all 4. This is according to the stadium render in the 2010 pull out section of today's Sunday Times. and it made the stadium look real odd and not nearly as nice. however if they need to cut costs then i totally support it as they dont really need such an elaborate roof...anyone got more info?
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someone confirm, but the stadium seems to be having only a roof on one side now and not all 4. This is according to the stadium render in the 2010 pull out section of today's Sunday Times. and it made the stadium look real odd and not nearly as nice. however if they need to cut costs then i totally support it as they dont really need such an elaborate roof...anyone got more info?
I saw that also Mike. I guess that's the plan but I still thinks its still nice as the overall design seem not to be comromised.
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