Fine for German squad's hotel
Johannesburg - The German soccer team's camp site at the Velmore Hotel is built on dolomite and within a flood-line, according to Gauteng's agriculture and rural development department.
It would be issuing administrative notices to the developer of the hotel, which also faced a fine of up to R1.5m, said department spokesperson Thabo Masebe.
He said the developer applied in 2005 to have the building approved under the National Environmental Management Act, which enables the rectifying of illegal developments.
However, it allegedly failed to submit the environmental report required under this Act.
The provincial government in 2008 asked for additional information, but when it was submitted in August 2009, it was not satisfactory, said Masebe.
"The Gauteng provincial government reserves the right to take any further action and would like to place on record that it exonerates itself from any liability that may occur as a result of the illegal construction and occupation of the hotel," he said.
Masebe said the hotel's owner was aware of the legal problems when he entered into the contract with the German team and the onus was on him to inform the team.
FIFA could not immediately comment on the matter.