Thursday, March 20, 2008

Preparations for CT Stadium on Track

By Ilhaam Hoosain
20 March 2008

According to the City of Cape Town the Green Point stadium construction and preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is on track .

The building contractors WBHO and Murray and Roberts experienced labour disputes with workers over transport arrangements and saw workers down tools in 2007.

Building Construction and Allied Workers Union and the National Union of Mineworkers were in meetings with the construction companies which led to an agreement late last year.

Civic Centre on Hertzog Boulevard, close to Cape Town station was agreed upon as the pick-up point.

Cape Town is the preferred candidate for the hosting of the Final Draw in December 2009.

“Only one year since we started the stadium is now a third complete. We’ve got more than 2000 workers on sight, working very hard to make the deadlines and we are on track to meet the deadlines which are namely to complete the stadium by the middle of December 2009, which is six months ahead of the 2010 World Cup event,” says the City of Cape Town’s, Pieter Cronje.

He goes on to say that things are going smoothly not only with the stadium but also with the preparations. They are now going into operational planning around volunteer safety and security and there are transport upgrades for rail, road and also air connections that will be used as public transport for 2010.

“We have not had industrial action on the sight for a very long time. We only lost six and half days through labour disputes in the past 365 days of construction,” says Cronje.


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