2010 LOC CEO Danny Jordaan has urged either Ajax Cape Town or Santos to make full use of the new Green Point Stadium after the World Cup.

Speaking at a discussion forum on the 2010 legacy projects, Danny Jordaan said it would be “very painful if a Cape Town team does not use Green Point Stadium after the World Cup”.

He added that most of the new and refurbished stadiums will not only be reserved for soccer to prevent the facilities from standing as ‘white elephants’.

“To ensure a lasting legacy and the commercial viability of the stadiums, they will be used for both rugby and soccer; that is very important to note,” he told BuaNews.

Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana, who was also part of the forum, urged all South Africans to take advantage of the infrastructure and economic legacy that will be left after 2010.

“This is very important for us in terms of making sure that there are spin-offs from the event and people actually take advantage of these.”

The government has pumped more than R28-billion into World Cup-related projects and this led to a creation of nearly 420,000 jobs, according to an independent research by Grant Thornton.

More than R13-billion has been spent on the state’s public transport infrastructure system, which include rapid rail network Gautrain, the Bus Rapid Transit system, freeway expansions and road upgrades.

Xingwana said it was important that rural people are not left out and should be part of the 2010 festivities, while they should also benefit post-tournament. “We want to make sure that those people also get to enjoy the World Cup and the benefits it brings,” he stated.

Apart from the stadium legacy, several projects are in the pipeline, including FIFA Centres of Hope that will act as a hub for sports development, not only in South Africa, but across the continent.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

The goal is to build 20 such centres in countries like Rwanda, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The centres are expected to be completed by November and will be ready to be opened to the public shortly before the World Cup final draw in December.

AUTHOR: Peter Pedroncelli
DATED: 15th September 2009