Stadium damaged

2017-10-04 06:02
The whole roof of the AR Abass Stadium was ripped off at around 07:30 on Friday (29/09), while one of the security guards saw it happening.Photos: Boipelo Mere

The whole roof of the AR Abass Stadium was ripped off at around 07:30 on Friday (29/09), while one of the security guards saw it happening.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture is still to do an assessment regarding the cost of the damage of the roof of the AR Abass Stadium that was ripped off by a windstorm on Friday (29/09).

The whole roof of the stadium was ripped off at around 07:30, while one of the security guards saw it happening.

No other damages were reported, except for several houses in the neighbourhood where roofs were blown off.

Debris was removed from the stadium site in order to prevent any further damages and ensure that the terrain is safe.

According to the spokesperson for the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Conrad Fortune, assessment is still underway whereby the necessary business plans and submissions for funding to repair the damages caused by the windstorm, will follow.

Fortune added that they will be engaging with the Department of Roads and Public Works to assist with cost estimates.

“What we have however done through Public Works was to ensure that we have also cordoned of the area of the pavilion until further notice,” he said.

Certain areas in the pro­vince like Kimberley, Barkly West, Kuruman, Orania, Petrusville, Springbok, Su­therland, Upington, Vaalharts and Windsorton are reported to have experienced less than the required percentage of rain in September.

The rain, which was accompanied by heavy thunderstorms, are expected to be followed by cold fronts around the province.

According to Weather SA’s predictions, temperatures are expected to drop significantly from the 30 degrees Celsius of Monday to at least 19 degrees Celsius.

The drop in temperatures are due to the possible snowfall in neighbouring areas like the Western Cape and Lesotho.

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