The elephant in the room

2010-10-09 13:24

The elephant in the room turned into a white one this week when Sail Stadefrance ­rescinded a 30-year lease with the City of Cape Town to run the Greenpoint Stadium.

Now the jury is out on the future of the other ­stadiums purpose-built for the World Cup.

A City Press special report in August revealed that a total of R116 million a year was needed to run the beautiful set of stadiums that won us ­international acclaim in June and July.

How are we going to pay? National government is likely to be the first port of call for ­cash-strapped municipalities. But there is another paymaster.

Durban city manager Mike Sutcliffe said this week that the host cities had billed Fifa for an ­estimated R500 million in outstanding billings and a portion of ticket sales owed to them.

If they succeed, that will provide some ­fiscal space for about four years.

But municipal finances are never so simple, and the money is probably earmarked for other World Cup creditors.

Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg seem furthest ahead in securing running costs.

But there are concerns about the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Its keepers have not yet raised the red flag as Cape Town’s tenants did this week.

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