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City and Province launch Cape Town Soccer World Cup 2010 with FIFA President

by City of Cape Town
21 Jun 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

Statement by Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town regarding the launch of the 2010 Host City Logo.


Statement by Helen Zille, Mayor of Cape Town

Today we launch the 2010 Host City Logo, and re-affirm our commitment to hosting a successful FIFA Soccer World Cup in Cape Town.

Nine matches and a number of important events are earmarked for Cape Town.

I trust that our hard work and perseverance over the past 18 months reflect the seriousness with which we regard our responsibilities as set out in the Host City Agreement with FIFA.

No other host city has had to go through as many processes as Cape Town, and no other stadium site in the country is as complex legally, politically, geologically, and financially.

Yet we are on schedule on the construction site, and have had to extend council's provisional authorisation for the building work in order to accommodate the advances made.

Let me be clear.

As the local authority that represents the residents of Cape Town, we intend to make this event of lasting benefit to the city and all who live in it.

In this regard, our objective is in harmony with that of FIFA.

Like FIFA, we have to ensure that 2010 in Cape Town is an enormous success.

If it is, it will reflect well on our city and South Africa in the eyes of the international community, improve our global stature, and entice more tourism and investment here.

We are also working to maximise the material legacy of this event for our city, including new infrastructure and an improved public transport system.

We want our children and their children to look back on the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010 as a pivotal moment that allowed the city of Cape Town to leapfrog several years forward in economic growth and development.

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MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 231/2007
20 JUNE 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400-2201

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[Appendix - The following document, together with a detailed report from City of Cape Town Professional Team on progress on 2010 as at end May 2007, was handed to Dr Joseph Blatter by the Mayor today]

CITY OF CAPE TOWN
2010 PROGRESS REPORT - 19 JUNE 2007

1. GREEN POINT STADIUM

Green Point Stadium will take centre stage in Cape Town's participation in the 2010 FIFA World CupTM.

The City commenced with the planning for Green Point Stadium in February 2006. To date the City has undergone and completed extensive planning processes which included the following:
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Rezoning
  • Consent Use
  • Provisional Building Plan Approval
  • Lifting of Title deed restrictions
  • Green Point Common Urban Park public participation process
  • Proposal for the reconfiguration of Green Point Common
In addition the City has resolved the funding of the new facility by re-designing the facility to suit the available resources. The breakdown of the funding is as follows:
  • National Government Grant R1 930 000 000

  • DBSA Planning Grant R30 000 000
  • Provincial Government of the WC R212 000 000
  • City of Cape Town (Initial Commitment) R400 000 000
  • City of Cape Town (Contingency) R100 000 000
  • City of Cape Town (Underpinned by future
    income proposal and Investec Guarantee) R185 000 000
  • Total R2 857 000 000
The biggest challenge to the stadium project, as with any large construction project, is time and money. Once the budget issues were resolved in February 2007, the project schedule needed to be agreed between the Contractor and the City. At the same time the City Of Cape Town was also under pressure to start works on site before the end of March deadline. In order to resolve these issues the following process was followed.
  1. The Contractor was appointed according to the tendered schedule, adding the additional 3 months that were lost while the funding and re-design process took place.
  2. It was agreed in order to appoint the contractor and start works with the undertaking that once the details of the re-designed stadium were available, the schedule will be adjusted.
  3. The Contractor proceeded with site establishment, demolition, earthworks and foundations
  4. By end of June 2007, the contractor will have sufficient architectural and procurement information to prepare the new program which will end within the FIFA deadline.
There is currently a tender out for the Operation of the new stadium. The Operator will be appointed later in 2007 and will be on site ready to host test events after the stadium is completed in 2009.

2. GREEN POINT URBAN PARK

The development of the Urban Park is a requirement of the Environmental Impact Assessment. The City has completed a public participation process which required community participation across the City. The report will now be tabled at Council at the end of the month and submitted to the MEC of Environment by 7 July 2007 for approval.

3. TRANSPORT

The City has participated in all the National Department of Transports Priority Statement processes. The improvement of public transport is considered a major legacy of the World Cup. Currently the Cape Town Station redevelopment project, the upgrade of the rail rolling stock, inner-city bus distribution system, pedestrian routes in the inner city, the link between the Airport and the City as well as Airport improvements are underway.

Provisional investment in Transport is as follows:
  • Road based Transport R2 170 000 000
  • Rail based Transport upgrade R1 720 000 000
  • Airport rail link to CBD R410 000 000
  • Airport upgrade R1 200 000 000
  • Bus and Taxi rationalisation and recapitalisation R1 410 000 000
  • Total R6 910 000 000

The City has completed a high level transport operational plan for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM and will soon be commissioning the detailed plan. To finalise the detailed plan, the City requires key inputs from FIFA and the Organising Committee.

4. SAFETY AND SECURITY

The City Of Cape Town project team has been working closely with the South African Police Service Provincial Joints. The South African Police Service Provincial Joints have developed a high level deployment plan for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. The planning is underway.

5. MARKETING

The City participated in the Exhibition in Berlin.
The City participated in the bidding process to Host the preliminary draw in 2007.
It has designed and launched its website: www.capetown.gov.za/fifaworldcup
The City's composite logo was approved by FIFA and will be launched 19 June 2007.
The first advertising inventory report to FIFA marketing was submitted.

6. BIDDING FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST CENTRE

The City has participated in the bid to Host the International Broadcast Centre. A bidding document and presentation was delivered to the Organising Committee in March 2007 and a Best and Final Offer in May 2007. The City awaits the outcome of this process.

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