Doubts over CT Stadium

2011-11-28 16:54

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.


  • lydonmcg - 2011-11-28 17:36

    Oh big surprise that fool is behind the complaint.

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-29 06:32

      Whats wrong is that this idiot is a racist pig, who is sour because he didn't make mayor when the ANC lost in the elections. The only time he shows any kind of concern or action is when it will either further his career or when he's trying to take a dig at the DA.

  • Piet - 2011-11-28 17:44

    What about the other white elephants under ANC control? Are they Managed?

      Shoosh - 2011-11-28 17:49

      they will never reveal that, it's only the opposition (read DA) that are under constant investigation from these clowns in order to deflect public opinion from themselves.

  • Ian - 2011-11-28 17:54

    unbelievable, anything that is not mannaged by the brudders has to be questioned, moronic clowns

  • Kevin - 2011-11-28 17:58

    Tony Ehrenreich is a real cry baby - always moaning and trying to fault with the way the city and province is being managed. Why don't you do something positive and add value and perhaps then you can get votes

      Cracker - 2011-11-28 18:39

      Tony adores PRIVATE healthcare.

      Cracker - 2011-11-28 20:43

      @ Lorenzo Since when is Cosatu the official opposition?

      phillip.havenga - 2011-11-29 06:34

      Lorenzo Cosatu is not a political party they are a union the only thing they are officially opposition to is better governance (they support the ANC) and foreign investment (They oppose Walmart)

  • Kyle - 2011-11-28 18:04

    This guy is really starting to piss me off.

      Cracker - 2011-11-28 20:47

      @ Lorenzo No. He is entitled to his opinions but then he has to say it is his private opinions. And in the process he is at liberty to make a fool of himself and the legitimate target of the rest of decent and common sense citizens. In the same vein as he has the right to speak up - misguided or not - so the rest of us has the right to tell him he is a fool.

  • Taetjo - 2011-11-28 18:14

    Ask Mr. Titus...

  • Rob - 2011-11-28 18:28

    Tony, Tony, Tony.... We knew the stadium would end up as a white elephant. If you want to blame anyone, blame fifa. The city has done a great job with hosting a number of live shows and events over the course of the year and then you, still dealing with the fact that you lost the CT CBD feel that they aren't doing their job? Why don't you be a man and help then instead of throwing around unsubstantiated accusations? Organise some more international talent, maybe some soccer mathes, I don't know, you seem to be claiming to be the know it allk, but wait, all you really want is to create some more contraversy with the movement of rugby from Newlands to Cape town, don't you? Time to get yourself a proper job guy.

      Jerhone - 2011-11-29 08:04

      me thinks tony is afraid of hard labour he'll kiss anyones a*se to stay in his cushy job

  • Andres - 2011-11-28 18:31

    The public protector must investigate a stadium that is at the mercy of the whims of large event scheduling, Province Rugby Union and concert dates? This constitutes mismanagement? Tony, I think you're grasping at straws again; frankly, you're wasting the public protector's time. Shouldn't they be investigating R30billion in wasteful government expenditure...

  • Larry - 2011-11-28 18:34

    The DA was against the building of this stadium and wanted nothing to do with it at first. ANC pressure in their hunt for corrupt payments were the reason it was forced on to Cape Town. Stade De France walked away from what is a white elephant. I suggest that Cosatu be given the task of managing it. With all the protest Rallies and Demo's they have, I am sure they will make it go…..down the Drain

  • Cracker - 2011-11-28 18:37

    Cosatu must reach an agreement and take over the running of the facility. Let's see how they handle it. Cosatu has never created one job outside its trade union conglomeration. Not one. But instead they are allowed to hold this country with its huge potential back. The trade unions need workers dependent on the employers' class so the employers - the creative and more disciplined members of society - can deploy their value through the workers into the pockets of the trade union officials and elites.

  • John - 2011-11-28 19:00

    Is anything at all managed in this place? Seems to me like it is increasingly becoming a left wing dictatorial circus. You are right, the DA was pulled away kicking and screaming to prevent the building of a white elephant but as with everything else, they were simply bullied into submission and. voila!!

  • Cracker - 2011-11-28 19:23

    This is not about Cosatu at all. It is about Tony Ehrenreich. The usual abuse of workers' membership of a trade union. It is about the

  • Cracker - 2011-11-28 19:25

    It is about the hurt echo of an individual.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-28 19:26

    Correction: ego, but somehow echo also makes sense.

  • Jacobus - 2011-11-28 19:52

    Tony, julle konsuise korrekte bestuur van sake moes mos voor die sokkertoernooi geweet het hierdie stadions sal wil olifante raak as gevolg van kostes. Maar nee, julle wou mos image bou by die buiteland, en nou? Wie sit nou met die gebakte pere??

  • Anthony - 2011-11-28 20:07

    The designersof Cape Town stadium and those who accepted it are also to blame. Too small for cricket, dhat they wont use it.does it have an athletics track? Why so few hospitality suites? WP rugby told them before they built it, that they wont use it / dont need it. Why didi it alao costy a billion more than Durban's white elephant.

  • christo.cilliers - 2011-11-28 20:28

    next thing is they will blame *p*rth**d for the wh*t* elephants.... Aibo!

  • Riaan van Loggerenberg - 2011-11-28 22:28

    Tony, you're government commisioned this stadium, forced it on Cape Town and now you take issue with how its being run? Typical of the African National Corrrupters, you come up with these absolute crap ideas and then blame everyone except yourselves when its a monumental disaster. Haven't heard much from Tony since he had his ass handed to him on a plate during the elections. Have you still not realised that the people of Cape Town genuinely want sweet blow buggerall to do with you? Go crawl back to where you've been hiding for the past couple of months...or go organise a strike and some public violence why don't you.

      Peter - 2011-11-28 23:18

      Well said RIAAN he should just get back into the sewerage pit with the rest of the anc trash and losers in the western cape, they cannot realise that the western cape is the only place actually working in this country, and they are try to break it like the rest of the country,byb bye anc,,,,

      Xolani Ziqubu - 2011-11-29 06:58

      No Riaan you like most on this forum are ill imformed. The city of Cape town forced the stadium on SAFA because it did not want 2 use athlone stadium. Just because someone is of a different political view or in this case hue does not make their view less valid.

      Riaan - 2011-11-29 09:42

      Why would you fight over this, go Namibia!!! 95% of the population's first language is Afrikaans. No BEE or AA, Just equal opportunity. They have more oil than Angola so development will be fast. They have too much work and too few people to do it. The rugby loving people in this country build one of the strongest brands in the world, we can do it again. ANC don’t want you here anyway, they just want what you have – MONEY. But, they want you to work for it. Namibia is our future I am making ready go where I will be welcomed…

      Darryl - 2011-11-29 10:33

      @ Xolani. We are all well informed on this forum. U on the other hand are not. The City of Cape Town did not force this on SAFA. It was FIFA and the ANC that forced it on the the city of Cape Town. Its obvious u support the ANC. We have two stadiums and one of them could've been upgraded at a much cheaper price than spending billions for a new one. That money could've been spent on houses and upgrades on roads. So open ur eyes and see paradice, cause u definatly not seeing it yet.

  • Peter - 2011-11-28 23:13

    Tony you are only a jonny come lately just like boesak was, maybe you will in up like him and the majority of anc patrons criminals or worse politicians???

  • Peter - 2011-11-29 01:27

    Please clarify,: is this Tony Ehrenreich ANC or COSATU? Because it is wrong that the media allow him to make fools of both organisations at the time time.

  • Claude - 2011-11-29 06:30

    Anything that comes out of Mr Ehrenreich's mouth must be scrutinized because he is the ultimate political person who says nothing without an agenda. It does not mean that what he says is necessarily without merit it just means that it suits him to say it and gives him political brownie points.

  • Jerhone - 2011-11-29 07:55

    it was the shortsightedness of the ANC to not have seen the pitfalls of the stadiums after the useless world cup, so hou jou bek Tony wanabe, you saw your gat when you ran in the elections so keep running

  • Gerhard - 2011-11-29 08:05

    Oh for Goodness Sake!! I am so tired of this Cape Town Stadium debate. The DA were against building it in the first place! JUST KNOCK THE PLACE DOWN!!! Build extremely expensive flats or condos and get the funds back that way! That property is worth billions if developed. Cape Town Stadium is a loss. The only way of minimising the loss will be to knock it down.

  • Theprodigy - 2011-11-29 08:17

    Erinreigh, I have never liked you, all you do is criticize the DA, that is your only purpose, what have you done that is constructive, nothing, when you got your ass whipped by Patricia de Lille, it showed just how insignificant you really are. you are a bit like Malema, loud, abrasive, arrogant & divisive..... no substance.

  • Rob - 2011-11-29 08:23

    Given that the previous ANC led council signed off on the stadium and the present council inherited a white elephant it is no suprise that it is not being run too well. The council should do what Japan did after the world cup and demolish it and put the park back. It is only going to end up costing the ratepayers millions each year to maintian - even without the costs associated with replacing the roof every 10 years...

  • Darryl - 2011-11-29 08:31

    Ehrenreichm, shut ur pie hole. Ever since the DA whipped ur ass in the elections u have had a sour grape. U and the ANC are upset cause u cant get ur hands on the Western Capes money and are upset at how well run and great this province is doing. We didnt want this stadium since the bedinging. We all knew it was gonna be a white elephant after ther soccer world cup and a waste of money. But u, ANC, SAFA and FIFA just had to have your it way. It would've been far cheaper and better money spent upgrading Newlands. There are only 100 hospitality suites at the Cape Town Stadium, so what will happen to the other 200 hospitality suite holders? So Tony please once again, shut ur pie hole and go tell ur ANC comrades to sort themselves out before u complain here. The DA is and has done a awesome job in the Western Cape and u can learn alot from them.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-29 09:01

    Where did all the comments go?

  • Deon - 2011-11-29 10:30

    Tony maybe Cosatu should hold more meetings here, but last time it was too expensive. Maybe CT stadium should be sold for a rand to Whitey Basson. If anyone would be able to turn it around, he would.

  • Zee - 2011-11-29 10:35

    You know Tony I've heard a few radio interviews with you and sometimes you talk sense....yes TALK. Instead of constantly criticizing the DA methods please offer solutions. Work together with the DA governance so that everybody enjoys the city and the province.

  • Skhulu - 2011-11-29 11:17

    its very sad to read comments here, they are all racist, white suppremacy is the order of the day. i wonder what news24 is doing about it!!

      Ally - 2011-11-29 14:08

      stop reading this stuff if you think it is racist.

      Kosie - 2011-11-29 15:36

      so what, if your eyes are open and see that cosatu and the anc is fu#king up the country and won't support them but rather the DA, does that make you racist. wake up Skhulu, otherwise one of these days all the whites will be gone and you be left with Zim(2) borrowing $'s from the USA.

  • Ally - 2011-11-29 13:07

    Oh, no, not this ignoramus again! Here's the solution: transfer all responsibility of running and maintaining the stadium to Tony and his sidekicks. Let them make a go of it. Then the rest of us will sit back and watch the whole project implode. If they think CT City is not doing a good enough job, let them step up and show us how to make a success of it.

  • Leslie - 2011-11-30 10:58

    ag please tony is it realy the mayoral comitee's fault os it because of poor planning pre 2010

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