Cosatu 'concerned' about CT Stadium

2012-03-16 14:41

Cape Town - Cosatu is concerned the City of Cape Town will enter into a "cosy" agreement with the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) on the Cape Town Stadium, the trade union federation in the province said on Friday.

"Cosatu will insist that the stadium remains viable for the taxpayers of Cape Town to use the stadium at discounted rates," Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said.

"For too long this city has been able to enter into special deals with the elite of the city and then keep working families out by virtue of the cost for them to use the stadium."

On Thursday, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said the municipality and WPRFU were in talks to discuss the rugby union's potential move from Newlands to the Cape Town stadium.

The city's tourism, events, and marketing department would manage the discussions, as Cape Town Stadium was an asset which fell under its authority.

De Lille said the city would do all possible to make the stadium "truly sustainable and accessible to all Capetonians".

The stadium is currently experiencing one of its busiest periods since the FIFA 2010 World Cup, with three large events scheduled over the next few weeks.

  • Piet - 2012-03-16 14:46

    Worry about ANC corruption, or are you in on that deal Vavi?

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-16 15:01

      Yeah... WTF??? Why the hell do they not concentrate on the bigger problems... We have the WC under control and we don't need your worries. Go away!

      Philip - 2012-03-16 15:08

      Exactly. So leave WP rugby at Newlands. We are the only "civilized" country in the world that has no regard for history. Let Cosatu pay for Cape Town Stadium and givefree access to whomever they want!

      sean.looney - 2012-03-16 15:15

      @phillip - we are? i didn't realise that moving from old stadiums to new stadiums was an issue isolated to south africa?

      Andrew - 2012-03-16 15:38

      @ Philip...I find that having wait in a queue for 15 minutes for to make a pee and then missing 10 minutes of the second half at the outdated Newlands Stadium very "uncivilized". I find the battle to get a drink at Newlands Stadium also very "uncivilized". As someone else commented...if Arsenal could move from Highbury Road, London to the new Emirates Stadium after well over 100 years of history then WP can do the is the civilized thing to do!!

      Helmut - 2012-03-16 16:42

      Ehrenreich is worried! Bra Tony, you should have worried when the ANC stuffed up the Cape! Are you still upset because you did not cut the mustard at the polls! Or were you expected to get a cut? One description springs to mind for bra Tony - it rhymes with Warring Banker!

  • Piet - 2012-03-16 14:47

    At least the City of Capetown is using the stadium.....

  • JasonEye - 2012-03-16 14:50

    COSATU shut up! Tony you are an idiot, without WPRU the Cape town Stadium will not be able to support itself financially! Why are you interfering in a sport related matter. Last time i checked,and I stand to be corrected, Cape Town Stadium is a sports facility and not a trade facility!

      JasonEye - 2012-03-16 14:54

      Wow glad I got that Rant out!

      Warwick - 2012-03-16 15:01

      Remeber Tony boy running to the private health system for treatment when he was feeling a little under the weather a few years ago. No government hospital for loud mouth thank you. Tony boy wanted the best treatment that private healthcare has to offer. Lead by example you buttwipe.

      johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-03-16 15:38

      These Cosaty fat cats have too little to do and involve themselves in areas that has noting to do with them. Leave rugby and WP Rugby where they are. Rugby never asked for the Big stdiums, so let soccer pay for it. Newlands has a history that will never never be achieved in soccer or any other sports.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-16 14:52

    "For too long this city has been able to enter into special deals with the elite of the city and then keep working families out by virtue of the cost for them to use the stadium." The what? What would 'working families' hire out stadiums for? You not talking about COSATU rallies perhaps?

      bernpm - 2012-03-16 15:20

      Tony's way to make Cape town ungovernable. Still waiting for the first positive comment coming from his snout.

      celeste.rsa - 2012-03-16 15:28

      I think Cosatu's still a little pissed that they couldn't afford to hire it for one of their rallies a while back.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-03-16 14:52

    Oh no, lets find a stick to beat the DA with, far more relevant than Aurora's starving thousands or Godongwanas theft of union funds.

  • Glyn - 2012-03-16 14:54

    None of your business!

  • Warwick - 2012-03-16 14:57

    Hey cosatu, tell us how many jobs you have directly created in the last few years. Why dont you rather worry about your starving comrades at Aurora mines or are you to afraid of Zuma, Mandela and Hulley. Oh but wait, those starving masses are no longer paying union fees, so stuff them.

  • Deon - 2012-03-16 14:59

    Why Tony? It is not as if you are using it. Last time around it was too expensive for Cosatu and they used the Athlone stadium.

      Sedick - 2012-03-17 03:00

      And they could not even half fill the Athlone stadium.....Tony the W@nkr. Everytime he opens his mouth, I run to flush the toilet......

  • Glyn - 2012-03-16 15:00

    Now that the trade unions have destroyed the Cape Town clothing industry they want to go into the sports business and destroy that too! Then where will the working families go? Where did you get it that rugby players are the "elite"? Mountain climbers are elite! Why don't you want a "cosy agreement"? Do you want an acrimonious one? Cosatu = oligarchs!

      francois.roux1 - 2012-03-16 15:03

      I just want to make sure, so you are saying rugby players are eheavy?

      Glyn - 2012-03-16 15:14

      Rugby players are working class! Have you seen how sweaty they get when under pressure? And they are so heavy they could all get jobs as policemen! Or fat union officials who never go on strike as they are so well paid!

      Anthony - 2012-03-16 15:38

      ANYTHING, that has to do with the 2010 SWC is a f... up. The stadiums , the (toll) roads, King Chaka Airport, tourism, etc, etc A 100 billion rand party................, that hardly any country in the world can afford, and most certainly not SA. All, so that these FIFA gangsters could walk away with billions US $ Demolish these white elephants, and let's hope we learned something, from THE BIGGEST HAUX EVER PLAYED ON AFRICA

  • Gavin - 2012-03-16 15:00

    If Vavi wants to hold the reins, let it run for office. Until then, get the f out .

  • Dennis - 2012-03-16 15:04

    O M G Tony, W T F has this got to do with you as a trade union ? You really are an IDIOT !!

  • Blane - 2012-03-16 15:08

    Concentrate on issues that affect cosatu

  • lydonmcg - 2012-03-16 15:08

    Here's an idea - BUZZ OFF and go stick your nose elsewhere Cosatu. As a Capetonian, I in no way elected you to act as a mouthpiece on my behalf. Your concern or wishes in the matter are quite frankly meaningless as it has nothing to do with you.

  • George - 2012-03-16 15:13

    Tony E : Please just get lost : Go to Gauteng or somewhere that wants you.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-16 15:52

      Gauteng don't want him.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-03-16 16:10

      PLEASE - we don't want that LOUDMOUTH Erenreich here......

  • Shirley - 2012-03-16 15:15

    Always poking their noses where they are not needed! Get rid of corruption and nepotism etc! They cant stand to see a province that is actually delivering!

  • vivien.jefferies - 2012-03-16 15:18

    Cosatu. Stop bit*$%ing and moaning, and do something contructive about job creation yourselves... Think how many more members you could get...

  • Ian - 2012-03-16 15:18

    what the hell does this have to do with COSATU? Ehrenreich you're a disgrace...the stadium is hardly used as it is...any events which draw big crowds should be welcomed with open arms...what a palooka...bloody fool

  • Den - 2012-03-16 15:19

    cosatu, anc lacky, concern yourselve with your wurkas

  • DavidIAmato - 2012-03-16 15:20

    The stadium is a complete beige elephant (pc) that is currently just bleeding out cash. Please please tell us who else will help stem the current loss of cash to the rate payers ?

      celeste.rsa - 2012-03-16 16:28

      They conveniently forget that this "elephant" was forced onto the Cape Town ratepayers by their tripartite alliance ally who was brown-nosing FIFA at all costs. They weren't concerned about the ratepayers back then! Now that the City of Cape Town wants to make the "elephant" work for us, these numb nuts want to poke their slimy little noses into it!

  • andrewpullen - 2012-03-16 15:22

    Tony is bored again. He is a man for the people, man.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-16 15:32

    Piss of Erenrich, the last time I heard you vomit your rubbish was when you were rubbising the DA about the toilets in Makhaza, but I haven't heard a word from you about the still open toilets in the Free State.

  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-16 15:34

    "For too long this city has been able to enter into special deals with the elite of the city and then keep working families out by virtue of the cost for them to use the stadium." - huh? what the heck do you mean by that? lets see, so if WP is using the stadium, somehow it becomes too expensive for the working class family to use? You still have time to rent out the stadium for your buddies 40th birthday - No deal has been made yet, and I can't wait to rent it out for a bachelor party I have to plan- I see it will just be inside my budget since WP is not using the stadium at the moment. Tony - are you taking special pills before you make these statements?

  • Peter - 2012-03-16 15:35

    Tony, why not worry about all the cosy deals people in government are making with their families and friends. Oh sorry, I forgot you are part of that crowd!

  • celeste.rsa - 2012-03-16 15:35

    Surely, Cosatu has more important matters to worry about...what with May Day almost upon us and the "strike season" following shortly after that.... Tony, you're an embarrassment every time you open your mouth, dude. We can thank our lucky stars that you weren't successful in your campaign to be the mayor of Cape Town!

  • grenville.felton - 2012-03-16 15:35

    Tony Ehrenreich get a FL what difference does it make to the union if westrn province move or not , probably more> do what you are paid to do by the members what has cape town stadia got to do with the Unions. Your GOV by the squanders more money and miss mange our money like there no tomorrow. if its a cosy agreement sobeit, with out WP we might as well knock the stadium down because there no way that it can be profitable any other way, so Tony keep your communist nose out of things that don't concern you. If and when they move a lots of people will benefit. Now please

      Nigel - 2012-03-16 15:41

      he is an ANC loyal racist, fortunately the coloreds of Cape Town refuse to sell out to the ANC thugs like this fool has. Its time they told him to shut up & bugger off.

  • Tony - 2012-03-16 15:38

    I don't want my rates to keep going up to pay for stadium, if cosatu wants to buy stadium go ahead.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-16 15:39

    Suggestion: Why don't Cosatu take over the cost and maintenance of the Cape Town stadium - and leave WP Rugby at Newlands, where it historically belongs?

  • Mark - 2012-03-16 15:42

    The Cape Town City council are stuck with a white elephant after the World Cup. Now they are trying to strong arm the WPRU into locating to this white elephant. Rugby should stay at Newlands

  • Roy - 2012-03-16 15:42

    Tony Ehrenreich get a bloody life. You ANC people messed this Province up when you "ran" it and you live in a nice cosy house and therefore you too are one of the elitist Stop using the poor to make yourself look good. Look how corrupt all of you are in the ANC then open your bloody mouth.

  • John - 2012-03-16 15:44

    HUH! I don't get it! Are we not looking for an anchor tenant so we can pay for the f**king thing. How does this impact on working families????? Someone help me here please .. what is this guy getting at?

  • Steve - 2012-03-16 15:46

    Tony, you pay the rent you can do what you like, until such time shut up you idiot

  • Nick - 2012-03-16 15:52

    the poodle failed as a politician now he wants to interfere with sport wpru is the only body willing to "talk" if they don't then the odd concert or political rally will be held there and nothing else tony has show yet again that he's not very bright "viable for tax payers" does he know who the tax payers are definitely not the people he's performing for

  • willem.els - 2012-03-16 16:01

    I will agree let them move to the new staduim but all tickets soccer and rugby must be price the same. Soccer cannot pay R20 a ticket and rugby R400 a ticket.

      Hugo - 2012-03-17 10:43

      soccer tickets are not R20

  • Tom - 2012-03-16 16:31

    perhaps rugby should stay where they are and let the citizens of cape town keep paying for the stadium which they did not want in the first place

  • Eric - 2012-03-16 16:36

    Oh go away! Shouldn't you be negotiating with employers for more pay, less work or something like that?

  • Danny - 2012-03-16 19:27

    OK, the idea is good, BUT ONLY TAXPAYERS! if you can show that you pay rates you can get a discount. I guess many of COSATU's members and fans will not be able to benefit from this..... Now back to the real world; Tony Ehrenrich, it is better to let everyone think you're an 1d1ot and keep quiet than open your mouth and prove they are right.

  • jason.joao - 2012-03-16 21:41

    It's funny, he could've said the same thing basically, by instead just saying "WP rugby belongs at Newlands, it's heritage" and the comments on here would probably have been greatly supportive and he would achieve the same goal. But I think the most progressive thing to do is to move to the new stadium, same with the Lions to "Soccer City". Just my opinion though...

  • Neville - 2012-03-16 22:45

    I think Tony got nothing to do he is bored, go and help the people get work and leave the stadium to the people of Cape Town , you stand and watch how foreigners take the country over and u do nothing go fly a kite

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-16 23:09

    Dear Vavi. a) Your organisation was signatory to the creation of these stadia with voluble and robust assurances all round they would be viable "into the future" b) cosy deals are not restricted to the Alliance c) "Cosy" seems to be politrick speak for "deprived of a kick-back". Sulking much?

  • Mart - 2012-03-17 10:24

    Maybe we can use the existing Newlands structure as the basis for a labyrinthine housing project to provide shelter for the poor. This can be subsidised by the residents of this wealthy suburb. (TROLL ALERT DE LUXE !!)

  • Harold - 2012-06-06 08:53

    Cosatu did not put one Rand into the stadium and Cosatu do not represent the people of Capetown. And Cosatu does not want to pay when it uses the stadium. So Butt out go back to destroying the ANC. People do not like you anymore Tony.

  • mgazi - 2012-06-06 09:57


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