Stadium boss to look after park too?

2017-07-25 06:00

A proposal to enlarge the control of a municipal entity, to manage Cape Town Stadium on behalf of the City of Cape Town, may include the Green Point urban park.

In March this year, the City’s council approved the establishment of a municipal entity to operate the stadium (“City to hand over reigns”, People’s Post, 28 March).

The original boundary of this entity was limited to the area immediately surrounding the stadium. The City now intends to extend the functions of the entity to include the management of the Green Point Urban Park, which was originally envisaged when the entity was first recommended in January 2014. The original 2014 recommendation included the Green Point park in its analysis and business plan.

The extended boundary would include the Green Point athletics track, all the sports fields, the golf course and the urban park.

Affected parties can now have their say on this proposal to extend the functions of the municipal entity until Monday 21 August.

“We have identified the need for an integrated approach for the management of the wider precinct. Therefore we are proposing that the original larger precinct be managed by the municipal entity,” says Stuart Diamond, acting Mayco member for finance.

The stadium, Green Point athletics track, and the park have received increased attention as priority City assets over the past eight years, he says.

Currently they are managed as a separate unit from other community and recreational facilities located in the urban park.

“This has over the years created differing operating and management standards, a fragmented approach to hosting events, and multiple entry points into the City pertaining to matters on this precinct.

“The need to consolidate all operations into an integrated management structure for greater impact is thus required. Commercial opportunities within these assets and sites will require a coordinated and integrated approach from a centralised position,” adds Diamond.

The functions of the entity would include general facility management and operations, events and entertainment services management, commercialisation, marketing and hospitality management, finance, legal and administration management and management of the Green Point urban park area.

The extra management requirements would necessitate more staff, so a further six staff members would be seconded to the municipal entity.

The entity will have the right of use over the stadium precinct in a long-term lease. A service delivery agreement will be used for the management and operation of the stadium and Green Point urban park precincts.

The entity will be a state-owned company, fully owned by the City.

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