Major boost for Durban sport

2012-03-29 15:11

Durban - Durban’s sporting landscape is set for a major shot in the arm after confirmation that a state-of-the-art high performance centre will open its doors in May.

The Prime Human Performance Institute (PHPI) will add another dimension to the city and bring it on par with the likes of Cape Town, Pretoria and Rustenburg.

All three are major drawcards for top international teams and stars due to highly-recognised facilities - the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, the High Performance Centre and the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus.

Approximately R12 million has been invested in the coastal facility, which will be based at Moses Mabhida Stadium, one of the prime venues for the 2010 World Cup.

“Basically it will be a one-stop shop for everything and we are very proud to be able to present such a facility,” said PHPI chief executive officer Brandon Goodenough.

Premier Soccer League (PSL) club AmaZulu are one of the key stakeholders in the project, while other partners include the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Investec International Rugby Academy.

Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts said the facility would offer the national team an alternate option for future training camps,

He also believed it was a major draw card to prevent athletes from leaving the east coast.

“We are a breeding ground for a lot of athletes and a lot of them end up leaving Durban because up until now there hasn't been a facility like this,” Roberts said.

“So it’s really for us to offer them something in their back garden where they can get the training, conditioning and the rehabilitation that they require without going out of the province.”

Among its features, the facility is expected to boast the only high altitude simulation centre on the continent.


  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-29 15:37

    They are leaving Durban because there is nothing else happening in the city - another white elephant? How many time has our glorious World Cup Stadium been used since the World Cup.... The evident failure by local and regional government to push the province and to put it on both local and international maps ensured that tourism is down, and so are international sporting events. The Springboks have how many training camps a year? And what happens the rest of the year... oh yeah I know - lets pay some more tax to sustain yet another ill researched facility which Durban does not need... Spend the money for something useful - where EVERYONE benefits and not just a few pay for!

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-29 15:57

      Gcwabe - there is been one Bafana Bafana game since the World Cup - I was there, it was against Senegal - Amazulu plays in the stadium indeed - wow two fixtures a month - and when their is no PSL it stands empty, Golden Arrows is not playing there in April or May and did one fixture in March - it does not go matter if it is busier than Cape Towns stadium - BUT that we have a R 3.4 Billion stadium plus annual running costs of R 81 Million standing there - for a few events a year, where during some times nothing happens in it for month at a time.... and now we just planted something right next to it.

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-29 16:50

      Oh and surprise another hike in rates

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-30 10:10

      What a laugh, somebody deleted my comments. I have no idea what was offensive in what I said.

  • gmakam - 2012-03-29 16:12

    moses mabhida is quite busy guys, amazulu plays all of their home matches there,u cnt expect the stadium to be used each an every single day, even old trafford is not used everyday, the stadium is a tourism attraction, kings park stadium is only not that busy, its only busy wen the sharks are playing, as for cape town stadium, ajax cape town uses it as a home ground, they have plyed all their home matches there, wat do u guys actually want? daily games?

      Warren - 2012-03-29 16:52

      Agreed. I would love to know if there are any commercially viable statia in the country, and what are they?

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-29 16:57

      Yes and that is why we need a stadium for R 3.4 Billion Rand and R 81 Million annual upkeep. Hey what about the original idea to renovate Kings Park - but no we needed to blow sooooooo much money that we now again have another rate increase of 12.5% and for business 15% - great soon we all flee the city - and so will business.... and 11% increase in electricity... oh hell and that all with a 0% increase in salaries.... I am talking about economy - money - which we are throwing out faster than it comes in... not about daily matches in the stadium - and gmakam - I am at the moment providing South African expertise for EURO 2012 - and rest assured if you want to see a busy stadium see what a busy stadium is - and that even in 0 degrees C!

  • Graham - 2012-03-29 16:33

    This will be another financial drain on the ratepayers! Our esteemed dirty durban couldn't even get the area ready for the cyclists taking part in the para championships held here on Tuesday and Wednesday - excuse was they never received the e-mail!!! How are they expected to make this work? Those that love the stadium are those that dont have to pay the newly increased rates to cover the losses. Sutcliffe, Subhan , Elkington and co were the real beneficiaries!

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