PE Stadium progress assessment today


Mlambo-Ngcuka will be touring various host cities around the country following the presentation of the Mid-Term Report for the 2010 World Cup Government Unit by the Minister of Sports Makhenkesi Stofile, two weeks ago.

In a statement, the Presidency said the Deputy President's visits were aimed at assessing the progress made in preparations.

The 2010 World Cup Government Unit report indicated that the metropolitan was at risk in terms of the completion deadline, which was set for December 2008.

This led government, Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) to give a lifeline for the metropolitan to speed up the construction in order to be part of the five venues for the 2009 Confederations Cup.

They set a new deadline for April 29, 2008 by which the metro has to meet certain requirements in order to be one of the five stadiums to host the 2009 Confederations Cup.

LOC Chairman, Irvin Khoza earlier this month said while Port Elizabeth was still part of the five stadiums, there were still requirements that needed to be met from the side of the city.

“A decision will be taken on whether or not Port Elizabeth will be one of the 2009 Confederation venues on April 29, 2008.

“But the ball is in their court and they have to give us the comfort that they will be ready for the Confederations Cup,” Khoza said at the time.

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