Gauteng's stadiums will be finished before deadline

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This emerges from a Provincial Government audit.

MEC for Sports and Recreation, Barbara Creecy says the renovations at the stadia have progressed and expectations are that they will be finished before deadline.

She says Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, which will be central to the historic tournament, is 50 percent complete and will be finished by May 2009, five months ahead of the Fifa deadline.

Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria is now 25 percent complete and will be ready by 2009 for the Confederations Cup, while the first phase of development at Sinaba Stadium and HM Pitje Stadium, which are targeted as training venues, is 98 percent complete.

Creecy said audits reveal that the Rand and Orlando Stadiums are 95 percent and 90 percent complete respectively while renovations to the Ellis Park Stadium are also well underway.

“The audit also indicated that development of transport infrastructure is progressing well. The Gautrain link, between OR Tambo International and Sandton, will be operational for the event; the initial phases of the bus rapid transport systems for Johannesburg and Tshwane will be delivered on time, while the world-class international broadcasting centre planned for Nasrec will be ready to accommodate 4000 journalists and to provide the technology to broadcast to four billion people across the globe.”

Gauteng is geared up in the short term to host major events in 2009.

“While much of our efforts and energies are focused towards achieving success in 2010, we cannot take our attention off planning the range of sporting events to be hosted by province in the forthcoming year,” Creecy says.

These include the final of the Vodacom Challenge pitting Manchester United against either Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates in July and the Nike Manchester United Premier Cup scheduled for April.