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Doubts over CT Stadium

2011-11-28 16:54
COSATU) provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich (File)
Cape Town - Cosatu has asked the public protector to investigate the way the City of Cape Town is managing the Cape Town Stadium.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said it appeared as if the city was running the stadium "at its whims".

The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) recently refused to allow the city to use the stadium for a European club game to be played in January.

"Cosatu demands an investigation into Grant Pascoe [mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing] and his ability to oversee the stadium and manage; it is a manner that serves all the people of Cape Town," Ehrenreich said.

North London rugby club Saracens was due to play French club Biarritz in a Heineken Cup match at the stadium in January.

The WPRU, however, refused to give the game the go ahead. It insisted that Newlands be used to host the match.

Newlands, which first hosted an official match in 1890, holds 45 000 fans, while the new Cape Town Stadium, a host venue for the 2010 FIFA soccer World Cup, has a capacity of 55 000.

However, the home of Western Province rugby boasts 300 hospitality suites compared with 100 at the newly-built venue.

The Cape Town Stadium, which will reportedly cost taxpayers R44.6 million this financial year, has been used sparingly since the country hosted the global football showpiece in June and July 2010.

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