Msunduzi offers free electricity for Sharks, Leopards clash

2013-01-25 00:00

IT’S game on for the clash between the Sharks and the Leopards at Woodburn Stadium next month, thanks to the Msunduzi Municipality’s offer of free electricity for the event.

The Midlands Rugby Sub-Union had previously downsized its power source due to the high cost of the bulk electricity that it had to buy. This meant sacrificing the use of the floodlights in the main stadium.

In January the union faced a dilemma. The Sharks asked the Midlands sub-union to host a pre-season match against the Leopards from North West Province on the evening of Friday, February 8. President Piet Herbst immediately wrote to the council, asking for electricity for the floodlights from February 6 to the night of the match.

Herbst said they needed the electricity earlier in order to test the lights, as they had not been used for the past two years.

Yesterday, the city’s executive committee unanimously agreed to the request.

Mayor Chris Ndlela said the game offered an opportunity to market the city. He told municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi that the administration should also look at the cleanliness of the area so that visitors see a clean city.

Nkosi said they had asked the electricity department to quantify the cost.

The city’s marketing and communications manager, Brian Zuma, said the cost could be considered as expenditure in marketing of the city. “Pietermaritzburg needs to keep getting positive media coverage in the quest to restore its image.”

Ndlela agreed it was a good marketing opportunity. He urged the municipality to put its best foot forward and ensure the city was well prepared for the event and that the floodlights were working.

“Let us not be embarrassed,” he said.

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