2010 LEGACY PROJECT BECOMES A GRAZING PADDOCK – JOHN CUPIDO

A herd of cattle graze on the Needs Camp Sports Field which received a R1 million upgrade.

A herd of cattle graze on the Needs Camp Sports Field which received a R1 million upgrade.

More than three years after the final whistle was blown at the 2010 Soccer World Cup, a R1 million sports field upgrade has become a grazing paddock for cattle.

As part of the 2010 Soccer World Cup Legacy Project, the Needs Camp Sports Field was upgraded at a cost of R774, 012 (excluding VAT) for turfing and R202, 415 (excluding VAT) for buildings on the site.

In May 2012 representatives from Buffalo City Municipality signed off for final completion of the project however taxpayers are yet to see any value for their money from this project. The DA recently visited the facility and found a herd of cattle grazing on the turf.

In a parliamentary question I posed to the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Xoliswa Tom, she informed me that the project had been riddled with problems ranging from a shortage of water to delayed electrical connections and “other related contractual issues”.  For the reply, click here.