The construction of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is well on track and KwaZulu-Natalis ready to host the World Cup next year, Premier Sbu Ndebele said on Friday.

“We are very excited about the spectacular progress being made on the new 70,000 seater Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. On behalf of the provincial government, we want to commend the construction workers at the stadium for this progress,” he said in a statement.

On Monday it will be 500 days to go before kick-off.

Ndebele said he had no doubt the stadium would not be a white elephant after the soccer tournament.

“We have no doubt that the new, more than R2 billion stadium, which will host 2010 World Cup group matches and one of the semifinals, ranks among the best sports facilities in the world.

“Our sport complex will be more like the ones in South Korea, where they also have museums.”

Ndebele said the province had moved from a province of gloom toa province of prosperity.

AUTHOR: Yang Lina
DATED: 24th January 2009