Stadium revamp lauded

2019-02-21 06:01
A packed stadium during a soccer tournament at the Lwandle Sports Complex at the weekend.PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

A packed stadium during a soccer tournament at the Lwandle Sports Complex at the weekend.PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Three years after strong winds damaged sections of the grandstand at Lwandle Sports Complex, council has finally listened to residents’ pleas for the structure to be repaired.

Much needed repair work to the destroyed stadium has been completed, confirmed City of Cape Town spokesperson Jan Kruger. The work also included the relocation of the structure.

Over the years, City Vision reported on the stadium when it was first damaged in 2016, and residents’ desperate cries for help from council, which cited budget constraints as a reason for the delay in effecting repairs.

So news of the relocation and refurbishment of the stadium comes as a relief to the Helderberg Local Football Association (LFA), the governing body of local soccer clubs in the greater Lwandle area. Mzukisi Madondile, chairperson of the LFA, says it is happy with the progress.

“We are happy, but not entirely happy, as we expected more [to be done by the City] since it took long to fix the grandstand,” he related.

“We will have follow-up meetings with council officials, where we will address further restoration to the structure and discuss the maintenance of the playing fields, which are in a poor condition. We need the municipality to intervene.”

Kruger says major repair work at the stadium will commence in the new financial year, as of 1 July.

“The City confirms that Lwandle rugby and soccer grandstands have undergone maintenance to ensure community safety when utilising the structure,” he said.

“Seats have been fixed and roof structures removed due to strong winds. The major repair work will commence in the new financial year.”

All matches of the LFA are played at the complex, and the football loving community flocks to the venue for league and friendly encounters.

When the stadium was damaged and fell in further disrepair, it posed a danger to the hundreds of spectators, who were forced to keep an eye cautiously on the structure and the matches whenever they visited the facility.

Following the completion of the project, soccer fans again came out in force and filled the stadium for a soccer tournament at the weekend.

“This has brought so much relief to us,” said football fan Eric Nkume. “As you can imagine, when we watch matches from the stands our emotions get the better of us and we sometimes jump up to celebrate. When the structure was damaged we had to contain ourselves, or risk injury.” V Read more about the weekend’s soccer action on page 7 and 8.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.