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Old March 14th, 2007, 05:01 PM   #21
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Construction of the semifinal venue can start this week.

'We will work double shifts and do whatever is necessary'
Budgetary discrepancies delayed the much-anticipated official awarding of the contract that was due to be signed on Monday.

But the City's Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC), which on Tuesday approved the awarding of the stadium contract to Murray & Roberts, said Fifa's construction deadline of October 2009 "was not negotiable".

Dave Hugo, BAC chairperson, said: "The completion date is just not negotiable. We will work double shifts and do whatever is necessary."

There are concerns that delays in awarding the contract could push the completion date of the project to January 2010.

But Hugo said it was possible that the changes in the complexity of the stadium structure would make it possible for the contractors to finish by the end of October 2009.

Hugo said that, despite incentives for the contractor to complete the work within budget, it was possible the project could run over this limit.

Murray & Roberts will this week begin removing trees from the Metropolitan Golf Course so that the earthworks can start.

The partial demolition of the existing stadium is expected to start in the next few days.
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$1 Billion dollar boost for Cape Transport

R30bn public transport upgrade for Cape

By Anel Powell

More than R30-billion will be spent on public transport and infrastructure in the next three years, with R11-billion being used for 2010-related projects.

A further R12-billion will be spent by municipalities on bulk infrastructure and roads, while R1,2-billion has been set aside to upgrade the railway system.

Marius Fransman, MEC for Transport and Public Works, announced the "immediate funding" for the multibillion-rand strategic infrastructure plan (SIP) on Wednesday at an official launch attended by government and private sector representatives and tertiary institutions.

Fransman said the bulk of the money would go to public transport, housing, hospitals, and schools. "There is strong consensus that a modern and safe and well-run public transport system will play a crucial role in ensuring shared growth and integrated development."

The strategy, a joint effort between the departments of the provincial government, municipalities and the private sector, will run until 2014.

Public transport plans included in the strategy are the improvement of the road-based public transport system, an improvement and extension of the railway network, upgrades of Cape Town and Saldanha ports, a public transport link for Cape Town International Airport and the development of provincial freight networks. A R100-million inner city transport system has been listed as a top-priority project.

The strategy also calls for the regulation of charges on metered taxis.
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A safer Cape Town for tourists

By Murray Williams

The City of Cape Town has a new policy to manage attacks on tourists, with tourist safety becoming an ever more critical issue ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

The plan does not attempt to stop crime, which remains the job of the police.

Instead, it seeks to warn of the potential dangers and then co-ordinates the efforts of all tourism-related bodies and communication with emergency services after any incidents.

"It's about who deals with what, when what happens," explained Simon Grindrod, mayoral committee member for Economic Development and Tourism.

"Visitor safety and support is one of the key issues impacting on sustainable tourism."

The City's tourism department has developed this strategy in conjunction with the Western Cape's Economic Development and Tourism department, as part of a broader provincial initiative.

Grindrod said awareness remained "our greatest weapon".

This was "warning tourists in a way that is not frightening, but practical".

This was done by distributing brochures containing safety tips and by training local residents to be aware of the safety of tourists in their midst.

"The simple act of helping a tourist who is lost can often prevent something from happening," Grindrod suggested.

The plan calls on Capetonians to work with Cape Town Tourism to:

# Alert the protection services to areas of concern regarding safety and security.

# Assist a victim to contact the relevant protection or emergency services where required.

# Ensure that victims are treated with respect and dignity at all times.

# Work with Cape Town Tourism's local offices to create a safer environment for visitors.



* This article was originally published on page 3 of The Cape Argus on March 15, 2007

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Any bets on whether it will be ready by 2010? They seem to be cutting it on the fine side, for time allowed.
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Any bets on whether it will be ready by 2010? They seem to be cutting it on the fine side, for time allowed.
Should be complete by October 2009. All other new stadia also have this deadline.
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Mo, do you know if the field could be lifted to accomodate an athletics track? It doesnt seem to fit in the stadium as it is on the renders. Wouldnt it be stupid not to have this option keeping Cape Town's olympic ambitions in mind?

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Should be complete by October 2009. All other new stadia also have this deadline.
Anyone can make a deadline but can it be kept? Look at Wembley, how far it went past the original deadline!
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Of course it will be ready in time - Australians are not building it.
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Of course it will be ready in time - Australians are not building it.
Ouch

As far as I know they will be working day and night 24hrs a day to complete the stadium before November 2009. The bid ajudication committee who awarded the contract to Murray and Robert and WBHO said the October 2009 date was not negotiable.

Millennium Stadium took just 2 years to construct(with the space,time and budgetary constraints not forgetting the retractable roof, so its def possible.
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Mo, do you know if the field could be lifted to accomodate an athletics track? It doesnt seem to fit in the stadium as it is on the renders. Wouldnt it be stupid not to have this option keeping Cape Town's olympic ambitions in mind?
The designers have stated that the stadium is too small to ever fit an athletics track in it. so it will never be able to accomodate one
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The designers have stated that the stadium is too small to ever fit an athletics track in it. so it will never be able to accomodate one
temporary olympic stadium it is then. chicago and london will set the standard.
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Waste of money if you ask me, surely a stadium like stade-de-france wouldve been a more sensible option?
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Old March 19th, 2007, 09:01 PM   #33
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Army of workers to move onto stadium site

Army of workers set to start on stadium Basics begin this week

By LINDSAY DENTLINGER
Metro Writer

As many as 2 000 construction workers will descend on the site of the 2010 Green Point stadium once construction goes into full swing.

Contractors are expected to move on site later this week to prepare for construction.

For the first time since the award of the tender last week to the joint venture of Murray and Roberts and WBHO, the consortium has spoken out on the R2.85billion project.

Murray and Roberts general manager Andrew Fanton told the Cape Argus that the consortium was still formalising design elements of the stadium before construction could start.

"We are extremely excited. We are very confident that we can deliver a world-class project. It's a fantastic project not only for ourselves but for South Africa."

He said they would take possession of the site as soon they had finalised the tender offer and acceptance documents with the city early this week.

"We are dotting our i's and crossing our t's," he said.

Tomorrow, Mayor Helen Zille and Premier Ebrahim Rasool will officiate at a sod turning and blessing of the soil ceremony at Green Point, signifying the start of the construction phase of the project.

The city's 2010 spokesman Pieter Cronje said a number of religious leaders from various faiths had been invited to deliver either a short message, scripture or prayer at the event.

Fifa's local organising committee and national and provincial government officials connected to the project have also been invited.

At the weekend, members of the Metropolitan Golf Club officially enjoyed their last rounds on the course after three weeks of reprieve. Saturday's St Patrick's Day Open was the last competition to be played there.

A new golf course will be built by the city at a cost of R25 million.

Fanton said actual construction of the new stadium would only start in a few weeks' time.

Immediate tasks included hoarding off the site, mobilising equipment and staff and setting up offices.

Once on site, existing services would have to be deviated, trees and grass on the golf course would be removed as well the area prepared for earthworks and the laying of the foundation. Fanton said it may not be necessary to start the partial demolition of the existing stadium immediately.

He stressed that time was a crucial element in the project and that skilled resources might have to be sourced from abroad to complete it according to the strict timelines.

Between 1 500 and 2 000 workers will be involved in the project once construction hits its peak.

"We have to deliver on time. There is no such thing as an extension of time.

"We will be sticking to our programme and if we can shave off some time, we will."

According to the tender award, the consortium has agreed to completing the project by January 2010. Fifa requires that all 2010 stadia be completed by October 2009.

Construction of the stadium was originally supposed to start by the end of January, but the award of the tender was delayed while the city negotiated down the building cost of the stadium and sourced additional funding.

Murray and Roberts and WBHO originally tendered an amount of R3.7bn to build the new stadium.

Published on the web by Cape Argus on March 19, 2007.
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Earth moves as 2010 building begins

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By LEILA SAMODIEN
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The 2010 local organising committee (LOC) chief, Danny Jordaan, hailed today's sod-turning ceremony at the site of the Green Point stadium as "a milestone" on the road to the World Cup.

Premier Ebrahim Rasool and mayor Helen Zille were due to take part in the ceremony on the Metropolitan Golf Club site this afternoon.

Representatives of Fifa's LOC, provincial and city officials and religious groups were also expected to attend, along with officials from joint venture developers WBHO and Murray & Roberts.

Winning bidders WBHO and Murray & Roberts were last week awarded the R2.9 billion contract for the construction of the 68 000-seater stadium.

The ceremony heralds the start of construction, scheduled this week after months of wrangling, threats of legal action and negotiations .

Zille and Rasool were set to turn the first sod.

Jordaan said in a statement: "This sod-turning ceremony is an important milestone for the delivery of the World Cup in our country.

"The sod-turning ceremony signals a huge vote of confidence in the work that has been done in Cape Town."

 Members of the Metropolitan Golf Club played their last rounds of golf on the site this past weekend.

Published on the web by Cape Argus on March 20, 2007.

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1. The 68,000 seat stadium will be become part of a R120 million urban park planned for the remainder of the common.
2. The urban park will include a new tennis centre and sports field for various sports including bowls, rugby,soccer,hockey and athletics.
3. The stadium is located within sight of the city centre and within walking distance of the $1 billion V&A waterfront which is to undergo a further $1 billion upgrade before 2010. Granger Bay Boulevard will link the new stadium to the waterfront which sees over 20 million visitors annually.
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Cape Town - 2010 World Cup Jewel

With its picturesque beaches, breathtaking mountain ranges and laid-back atmosphere, Cape Town is set to be one of the 2010 Fifa World Cup's showpiece cities.

And the beautiful coastal city on Africa's southernmost tip moved a huge step closer to realising its World Cup dreams today when the city held a sod-turning ceremony for its R2,7-billion Green Point Stadium.

The stadium, nestled at the foot of Cape Town's famous Table Mountain and within walking distance of the popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, will be far and away the South Affrican 2010 World Cup's most scenic venue.

The chief executive officer of South Africa's 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee (LOC), Dr Danny Jordaan, said the sod-turning ceremony, which will pave the way for construction of the stadium to commence, was a significant moment for the LOC.

"This is an important milestone for the delivery of the World Cup in our country. Cape Town is a major international destination and will form one of the central pillars of delivering a world-class event in South Africa.

The sod-turning ceremony signals a huge vote of confidence in the work that has been done in Cape Town. We must give credit to mayor Helen Zille and the entire council of the city of Cape Town," said Dr Jordaan. Mayor Zille called today's ceremony a "celebration" for the city and its people.

"It's a red letter day in Green Point. The whole world must look at South Africa after 2010 and say Africans could do it. They could get it right professionally, on time, co-operatively and they could get it right in style," said Zille.

The city, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, is bidding to host a World Cup semifinal in 2010.

The stadium will be built by a consortium of the Murray and Roberts and WBHO construction companies.

"The 70 000-seater capacity of the stadium in the city will be a significant boost in terms of the additional number of tickets that will be available to South Africans for World Cup matches. The high number of accommodation available in the city, together with the good public transport network and the beauty of the city will certainly make Cape Town one of the strengths of South Africa's bid to deliver a world-class event," added Dr Jordaan.

Cape Town is rich in football tradition and has produced players such as Blackburn Rovers' prolific striker Benni McCarthy, Bolton Rovers' Quinton Fortune and former Charlton Athletic striker Shaun Bartlett over the years,

"The Green Point World Cup stadium will strengthen the football character of the city. Cape Town has over many years produced quality players and the FIFA World Cup is a huge opportunity for professional football in the city. With a world-class facility available to football in Cape Town, there is no limit to football pursuing the former glory of Cape Town as an important hub of football in our country. The city's footballers will now have the stadium available to deliver high-quality entertainment to the city's many football fans," added Dr Jordaan.

Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool said Cape Town would be a "welcoming window to the world in 2010".

"Today we send a signal to Fifa and the rest of the world that Cape Town is ready to meet all its obligations for 2010," said Rasool.
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Cape Town is rich in football tradition and has produced players such as Blackburn Rovers' prolific striker Benni McCarthy, Bolton Rovers' Quinton Fortune and former Charlton Athletic striker Shaun Bartlett over the years.
Is that Bolton Wanderers, or Blackburn Rovers?

Pedantry aside, the venues look awesome on paper, hopefully once they start taking shape in the real world some of the negative attitudes (from outside SA) will die down. I wasn't planning on going to SA2010, but the more time I spend reading Mo's posts, the more I'm looking forward to swamping FIFA.com with ticket applications come the end of 2009!

Had a ball in Germany with 'only' six games in my 12 days, in SA I'm hoping tickets will be easier to come by and I'll be looking to get to 9 or 10 games in a fortnight.

Bring it on.
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Is that Bolton Wanderers, or Blackburn Rovers?

Pedantry aside, the venues look awesome on paper, hopefully once they start taking shape in the real world some of the negative attitudes (from outside SA) will die down. I wasn't planning on going to SA2010, but the more time I spend reading Mo's posts, the more I'm looking forward to swamping FIFA.com with ticket applications come the end of 2009!

Had a ball in Germany with 'only' six games in my 12 days, in SA I'm hoping tickets will be easier to come by and I'll be looking to get to 9 or 10 games in a fortnight.

Bring it on.
Well in my totally unbiased opinion, book early and base yourself in CT, the stadium is within walking distance of the top hotels in the cbd and around the waterfront, as far as i know CT will stage games from the 1st round up until the SF (incl QF). And well CT is just the best south african city..duh..! haha.
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Cape Town eyes 2010 Broadcast Centre

Bidding begins for 2010 broadcast centre



By Paul Vecchiatto
Posted: 19 March 2007
The 2010 Soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) today began proceedings to evaluate bids to host the international broadcasting centre (IBC). The IBC will serve as the broadcasting hub for the world's largest sporting event.

Tumi Makgabo, LOC communications manager, says the three competing cities – Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban – submitted their written proposals late last week and the process has begun to evaluate them.

“We have started the process and we hope to make a final decision within the next two months,” she says.

Makgabo would not detail the requirements the LOC would need the cities to cater for, but says the proposals would have to meet broadcasting and technical requirements.

In February, government issued a statement saying it would determine where the IBC would be located. However, Makgabo says the final decision rests with the LOC.

“We have, however, engaged fully with the relevant government departments, including the Department of Communications, in the matter,” she says.

Hosting the IBC would provide a fillip for the chosen city. The centre is expected to run 24 hours a day for the entire six-week period, and thousands of journalists and technical people will reside there during the event.

During the 2006 World Cup in Germany, 46 000 broadcast hours were televised from the Munich IBC, placing great demands on ICT infrastructure.

Johannesburg's bid centres on locating the IBC at the Nasrec showgrounds. Durban proposes it be positioned at its International Convention Centre, and Cape Town hopes it will be hosted at an extension to be built on its foreshore.



Cape Town: www.cticc.co.za


Durban: www.icc.co.za


Johannesburg:www.expocentre.co.za

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This has been posted in the general 2010 FIFA world cup thread but I thought it would be more appropriate to keep Cape Town related issues to this thread.

World Cup Training Venue: Athlone, Cape Town
Capacity: 40,000
Completion Date: June 2009
Upgrade Cost: $45 million



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Of course it is...and you have the statement to prove it...now there's a good boy
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