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2010 stadiums worry Mbalula

2012-05-28 20:45

Pretoria - Many of the stadiums built or upgraded for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are in danger of becoming white elephants, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Monday.

"Some of those stadiums are not only underutilised but also face the long term danger of becoming white elephants," he said in Pretoria.

"Communities are saying they don’t have facilities and then we go and find facilities that are not being used or have been vandalised."

Mbalula was addressing reporters after speaking at a municipal conference on sport and recreation.

He said in some instances facilities did exist but were too costly for communities to access.

"Stadiums in Dobsonville were upgraded as training facilities in 2010, but communities and clubs cannot afford to use them," said the minister.

"We’ve been paying lip service to these things but instead of complaining, we can sit down and resolve these issues with local government and have an integrated approach."

Mbalula said he wanted schools to have access to facilities but the costs were prohibitive.

"Once in a while, they must be accessible to schools and communities so we need to work with local government," he said.

"I’m quite aware that nothing is free of charge, but the fees that are being charged to utilise these facilities are quite exorbitant.

"Do not misunderstand me, Premier Soccer League teams must rent facilities. They have money and they have sponsors but even they pay exorbitant fees.

"They must pay but those prices must be negotiated with the municipalities and there must be reasonable rates."

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Comments
  • Paulus - 2012-05-28 21:03

    Can we say: We told you this was going to happen???

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-28 21:15

    And that took 2 years to realize - wow - we are really fast in government!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-28 21:18

    The ANC government do not have vision. We will still see them waste millions.

  • dougmayger - 2012-05-28 21:29

    I do not believe the Minister needs to accept the respnsibility personally. However His Govt made the decisions he needs to live with. Pure and simple - the autocrats in power at the time made the wrong decisions - Please Government do npt expect us to pay for your mistakes ---- Why not ALL IN GOVERNMENT TAKE A REDUCTION IN PAY! ALSO travel by train, instead of FLYING - the old REGIME did that

  • bob.norris.581 - 2012-05-28 21:38

    It is because they were built in all the wrong places in order to keep provinces happy. For instance cities like East London that has a great following for rugby, soccer and boxing - and caters for the former Trankei areas - could have done with a new 20000 seater - but instead we go to the back of beyond and build much bigger stadia that have never been filled - even for the WC.

  • david.christianson1 - 2012-05-28 22:19

    Now there's a surprise!

  • Joe - 2012-05-28 23:04

    We were told that this would not happen. How could our well organised and efficient government have got it wrong. I am flabbergasted.

  • lategan1 - 2012-05-28 23:15

    The blatter of the matter is that old Seppie ran this country in 2009. Turn the stadiums into usable venues.There are may innovative ideas that can transform these white blatters into usable spaces....specially the distracting Greenpoint stadium.

  • Albert - 2012-05-29 06:36

    My boy, that's what we told you before it was built! But, my boy, you and your cronies always know better than the experts! Thus, my boy, it's YOUR problem!

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-29 07:15

    Stadiums might be to small, but why not try to fill it with corrupt policeforce- and corrupt politicians?

      Tsheko - 2012-05-29 12:06

      Irrelevant comment idiot

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-29 07:20

    ...or Jacob's prisoners (and friends) to be set free into society...

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-05-29 07:55

    Surprise! Idiots.

  • Johan - 2012-05-29 07:57

    Ha Ha Ha Ha I can just lag....dont worrie tax payers will make up for this big f... up

  • Paul - 2012-05-29 08:07

    u think? Kind of like many of our leaders\politicians. Costs us a truckload of money, and does F-all

  • Zukisani - 2012-05-29 20:16

    lmao lmao the only time white south Africans comment on a south African football related story when there is something negative reported , if you think im lying please checkout the next one you will see what i mean, but their comments are entertaining shame!!! they always leave me in stitches. im not the type that plays that famous race card and i will never be . im just spotting trends

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