Cape Town – WP Rugby insist that Newlands stadium is not up for
They reacted on Friday to claims to the contrary made by
Aerios, the commercial partner in lengthy legal dispute with them over
Aerios say they have been blocked by all of WP Rugby, the
City of Cape Town, the Provincial Department of Sport and National Department
of Sport in their quest for information – under the Promotion of Access to
Information Act – surrounding the rumoured move by cash-challenged WP to Cape
They wished to see “documents relating to the tenders and/or
sale of Newlands and the move by the Union … to (City-owned) Cape Town
Aerios’s chief executive, Costas Constantinou, said they say
they would again be “forced to embark on litigation to obtain information to
which the ratepayers of Cape Town and supporters of Western Province rugby are
He added: “The City and WP Rugby are remaining tight-lipped
about their ongoing discussions to move … despite indications that (the talks)
may have reached an advanced stage.”
The former company which ran WP Rugby’s commercial interests
was controversially liquidated in late 2016, and is the subject of an ongoing
Section 417 inquiry into its affairs.
Aerios have also laid fraud-related criminal charges against
the directors of WP Rugby, which fully owns Newlands.
But WP Rugby said in a statement to Sport24: “Western
Province Rugby and the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU)
categorically dismiss the malicious and ongoing claims in the public domain
that DHL Newlands may have been sold or will be sold in the near future.
“WPRFU have not, and are not currently in negotiations to,
and do not have any intention to sell DHL Newlands.
“Any claims to the contrary should be dismissed forthwith as
rumour-mongering of the worst kind.”
*Fresh suggestions of a move were raised towards the end of
last year, when WP president Thelo Wakefield was quoted as saying they were
“confident a deal will be struck”.
He also said: “It is inevitable that we move … if our vision
is to be the leading Union in the world, we must also have world-class
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