The City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government have expressed their disappointment at the postponement of the Cape High Court case around the new Green Point Stadium.
The matter was set down for 13 August 2007, but by this morning (27 July 2007) it had become clear from briefings by the legal teams for the City and the Province that, because of the scale and complexity of the case and the work which had to be done before it could be heard, a hearing on 13 August would not be feasible.
The various legal teams have been working hard on the huge volume of affidavits and other documents which has seen an initial 4 lever arch files grow to more than 35.
The City and Province have stressed that work on the stadium will continue without any delay in order to meet the very tight delivery deadlines.
Legal teams representing the City, Province, the FIFA 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee and the Cape Town Environmental Protection Association (CEPA) met today with the Judge President and Deputy Judge President.
At the conclusion of the meeting the Judge President postponed the matter to an unspecified future date and requested the legal teams to agree and propose a time frame. He also stressed that the three judges to be assigned to the hearing will need adequate time to study all the relevant material. The legal teams are in ongoing discussions to facilitate a hearing as soon as possible.
Mike Marsden, Executive Director for Service Delivery Integration and responsible for 2010 in the City said: "The City is confident that it has answered all CEPA's arguments in a comprehensive way.
"We are disappointed that the matter could not be heard as scheduled. Because of the scale and complexity of the stadium and the issues that are being contested, there is, however, a need for adequate legal preparation by all parties and the court. Because of pressing time constraints the construction of the stadium will proceed to programme," he said.
Dr Laurine Platzky, Western Cape 2010 Co-ordinator, said: "Cape Town is set to play a key role as a semi-final host city in World Cup 2010. While we accept the realities of the legal process, we hope that this matter can be concluded as rapidly as possible.
"The Province and City are committed to fulfil all our obligations to FIFA and South Africa. The stadium is a key trigger for major public and private sector investment. Given the deadlines we agree that this project must proceed according to programme," she said.
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27 JULY 2007
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