Pitch upkeep halted as Msunduzi stalls payment

2010-05-05 00:00

THE staging of the Nedbank Cup quarter-final match between AmaZulu and Pretoria University on Saturday may be in jeopardy.

This follows yesterday’s halting of the maintenance of the pitch by TurfTek, which is contrac­ted by Msunduzi Municipality to keep the pitch in “tip-top” condition.

TurfTek director Terry van der Riet told The Witness he has instructed his workers to stop working on the pitch and to remove all machinery used to work on pitch.

“We have not been paid for two months. The municipality owes us R150 000,” said Van der Riet.

He said that stopping work on the pitch was a last resort after he had written to the municipality about non-payment and spoken to the head of council’s parks and recreation division, Steven Naick, about the outstanding payment.

Van der Riet said TurfTek was contracted to install new drainage and irrigation systems for the pitch last year at a cost of R3 million.

It was later asked to maintain the pitch until after the World Cup.

The grass needs irrigation daily and mowing every second day, Van der Riet said.

Naick could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.

Altaaf Kazi, communications manager for the Premier Soccer League, which assigns sta­diums for cup matches and regular games, said the PSL was not aware of the situation, but said it will contact the municipality.

An AmaZulu spokesperson, ­Philani “Zane” Mabaso, also said he is in the dark about the problems at the venue.

“This is the first time we hear of it … The PSL should be able to shed light on what will happen should the situation not change.

But the team is going ahead with preparations …” Mabaso said.

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