Businessman approaches court to stop Cup matches at Loftus

2010-06-04 11:47

A court application of a Johannesburg businessman who wants to

prevent the use of Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria during the 2010 Fifa

Soccer World Cup is expected to be heard on Tuesday.

Joseph Tshawe, chief executive of Homeless Building Construction

(HBC), said his company was seeking to prevent the City of Tshwane from using

the stadium until they paid his company for the work carried out at the

stadium.

HBC is one of the seven construction firms which were awarded the

R100 million tender to renovate the stadium and get it ready for the soccer

tournament.

Tshawe claims the city owes his company “a rounded figure of about

R30 million”, adding that the city was contractually committed to pay his

company an instalment based on the value of the work done each month. However,

he claims the city has been paying his company in “dribs and drabs since January

2009 until they stopped paying altogether”.

Speaking to City Press, Tshawe said he has learnt that the city

will be opposing his application in the Gauteng North High Court.

“Though they have not submitted their affidavits, they want to

delay and buy time,” he said, adding that his company has also called on the

sports minister’s office and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to intervene.

“They also have not come back to me yet. They missed their Wednesday, June 2,

deadline to get back to us.”

The office of Godfrey Nkwane, the city’s chief executive for the

2010 Fifa World Cup Programme, refused to comment and referred City Press to

Nomia Machebe of Black Magic Communications, the company contracted by the city

to handle its media communication.

Contacted for comment, Machebe said the City of Tshwane believed

“this was a legal matter and they’ll prefer not to comment but wait until

Tuesday for the outcome of the court (action)”.

She said that “the city insists on quality deliverables and value

for money output”.

When asked whether the city was satisfied with the services

rendered by HBC in the refurbishment of Loftus Versfeld, Machebe insisted “the

city does not wish to comment … they want the legal process to inform the

outcome”.

The sports minister’s office and the LOC had not responded to City

Press’ questions by the time of publication.


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