District gets R30 mln for 2010

2008-10-12 00:00

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality received a further R30 million towards its upgrade of the Harry Gwala Stadium to a state-of-the-art facility to be used as a training venue for one of the nations that will take part in the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Local Government MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu on Friday awarded the district the R30 million cheque during an imbizo on the last day of the three-day district 2010 indaba, held at the Royal Showgrounds.

The additional funding brings the total to be spent in upgrading the stadium to R80 million.

Mabuyakhulu said that as Pietermaritzburg is the home of the provincial legislature and capital of the province, it should not fall behind in its preparations to host visitors and give them an experience they will not forget.

The MEC said there is a lot to be done in the province in preparing for the World Cup and time is running out. He said his department is committed to help the municipalities in the province prepare for 2010.

Mabuyakhulu said the infrastructure in host cities and non-host cities will be ready in time.

uMgungundlovu has started work on the upgrading of the stadium which is expected to be completed by October next year.

“We have made provision for an amount of R30 million to be allocated to this municipality [Umgungundlovu] in the 2009/2010 financial year.

“This is the first time in the history of this country that a total of R80 million has been allocated for an upgrade of a stadium,” added Mabuyakhulu.

District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said the council will be working hard to stay ahead of schedule in the preparations for the World Cup to ensure the district is one of the leading destinations in 2010.

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