Crowds packed into the new Cape Town Stadium inthe suburb of Green Point. The stadium has viewsof both the ocean and Table Mountain.(Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected]• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] facts, figures and photographs on the 10 stadiums hosting the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, five of which were built from scratch and one of them – Soccer City, the event’s showpiece – having undergone a massive upgrade to make it the largest stadium in Africa.The stadiums are:Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria Durban Stadium, Durban Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane Demolition and groundwork began in 2006, with construction of all the major facilities starting in February 2007. South Africa’s construction industry, which has substantial experience in large-scale infrastructure development, was consulted about the stadium timelines – and it was agreed that the dates were realistic.Intensive planning has gone into ensuring that the stadiums are versatile, multipurpose facilities able to be used for a number of sports, as well as for entertainment and other community uses, long after the final whistle of the World Cup is blown.DOWNLOADSRight-click on the link to save the PDF file to your computer.2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Guide (1.2 MB)2010 Fifa World Cup Host Cities (320 KB)Distance between host cities (135 KB)Team base camps (100 KB)Fifa media contacts (220 KB)Team media contacts (630 KB)The 10 stadiums are host to 64 matches and will seat more than 570 000 people during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The five stadiums built from scratch are Cape Town Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Durban Stadium, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.The five upgraded stadiums are the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, and Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Click on images to enlarge. For more photos, visit the 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the image library (registration required) SOCCER CITY STADIUMSoccer City on the outskirts of Soweto is the flagship stadium for the World Cup, a huge structure modelled on the shape of the calabash, an African cooking pot. Built in 1987, Soccer City has been enlarged and completely transformed by a massive reconstruction, with the west stand the only remaining section of the original stadium. For the World Cup it will have a capacity of 94 500 seats, and 88 430 thereafter, making it the largest stadium on the African continent. Fast facts Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCoordinates: 26° 14′ 5″ S, 27° 58′ 56″ ECapacity: 94 500 seats (88 430 permanent)Status: Major upgradeCost: R3.3-billion (US$ 440-million)Architect: Boogertman Urban EdgeContractor: Grainaker-LTA / Interbeton joint ventureUpgrade began: 1 February 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 11 June, 16h00: South Africa vs Mexico (opening match)14 June, 13h30: Netherlands vs Denmark17 June, 13h30: Argentina vs South Korea20 June, 20h30: Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire23 June, 20h30: Ghana vs Germany27 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1B vs 2A (2)2 July, 20h30: Quarter-final 1 vs 3 (A)11 July, 20h30: FinalBACK TO TOP ELLIS PARK STADIUMEllis Park in the inner city of Johannesburg is home to the Golden Lions rugby club and Orlando Pirates football club, and was the setting for South Africa’s triumphant win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. An existing stadium built in 1982, it underwent minor upgrades for the World Cup. Ellis Park has a capacity of 61 639 seats. Fast facts Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceAlternate name: Coca-Cola ParkCoordinates: 26º 11′ 51″ S, 28º 3′ 39″ ECapacity: 61 639 seatsStatus: Minor upgradeCost: R550 000 (US$7 200)Architect: DBM ArchitectsContractor: Rainbow ConstructionUpgrade began: July 2007World Cup matches: 7 Matches 12 June, 16h00: Argentina vs Nigeria15 June, 20h30: Brazil vs North Korea18 June, 16h00: Slovenia vs USA21 June, 20h30: Spain vs Honduras24 June, 16h00: Slovakia vs Italy28 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1G vs 2H (7)3 July, 20:30: Quarter-final 6 vs 8 (D)BACK TO TOP CAPE TOWN STADIUMBuilt from scratch in the beautiful suburb of Green Point, Cape Town Stadium has views of both Table Mountain and the ocean and, in the distance, Robben Island. Built on Green Point common and within walking distance of the popular V&A Waterfront, it has a capacity of 66 000 seats. Fast facts Location: Cape Town, Western Cape provinceAlternate name: Green Point StadiumCoordinates: 33° 54′ 12″ S, 18° 24′ 40″ ECapacity: 66 000 seats (55 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R4.4-billion ($600-million)Architect: GMP ArchitectsContractor: Murray & Roberts / WBHO joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 11 June, 20h30: Uruguay vs France14 June, 20h30: Italy vs Paraguay18 June, 20h30: England vs Algeria21 June, 13h30: Portugal vs North Korea24 June, 20h30: Cameroon vs Netherlands29 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1H vs 2G (8)3 July, 16h00: Quarter-final 2 vs 4 (B)6 July, 20h30: Semi-final, A vs C (I)BACK TO TOP LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUMLoftus Versfeld Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa. It has been used for major sporting events since 1903, and the first concrete structure, which could accommodate only 2 000 spectators, was built by the City Council of Pretoria in 1923. It has undergone minor improvements for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and has a capacity of 49 365 seats. Fast facts Location: Pretoria (Tshwane municipality), Gauteng provinceCoordinates: 25° 45′ 12″ S, 28° 13′ 22″ ECapacity: 49 365 seatsStatus: minor upgradeArchitect: Ingplan AfricaContractor: No main contractorConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 13 June, 16h00: Serbia vs Ghana16 June, 20h30: South Africa vs Uruguay19 June, 20h30: Cameroon vs Denmark23 June, 16h00: USA vs Algeria25 June, 20h30: Chile vs Spain29 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1F vs 2E (6)BACK TO TOP DURBAN STADIUMA new stadium built near the beachfront, Durban Stadium has transformed the city’s skyline. It has been designed as a multipurpose venue, with attractions such as restaurants, shops, an art gallery and children’s play areas. There’s also a cable car up its arch to a top platform providing panoramic views of the city and the ocean, and even bungee jumps from the top of the arch. Its total capacity is 69 957 seats. Fast facts Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal provinceAlternate name: Moses Mabhida StadiumCoordinates: 29º 49′ 46″ S, 31º 01′ 49″ ECapacity: 69 957 seats (54 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R3.4-billion ($450-million)Architect: iBhola LethuContractor: Group 5 / WBHO / Pandev joint ventureConstruction began: October 2008World Cup matches: 7 Matches 13 June, 20h20: Germany vs Australia16 June, 16h00: Spain vs Switzerland19 June, 13h00: Netherlands vs Japan22 June, 20h30: Nigeria vs South Korea25 June, 16h00: Portugal vs Brazil28 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1E vs 2F (5)7 July, 20h30: Semi-final B vs D (II)BACK TO TOP NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUMNelson Mandela Bay Stadium was the first of South Africa’s new 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums to be completed. It has a capacity of 46 082 seats. Fast facts Location: Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay municipality), Eastern Cape provinceCoordinates: 33° 56′ 16″ S, 25° 35′ 56″ ECapacity: 46 082 seats (42 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R2.05-billion (US$270-million)Architect: Architectural Design Associates / Dominic Bonnesse ArchitectsContractor: Grinaker-LTA / Interbeton / Ibhayi joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 12 June, 13h30: South Korea vs Greece15 June, 16h00: Côte d’Ivoire vs Portugal18 June, 13h30: Germany vs Serbia21 June, 16h00: Chile vs Switzerland23 June, 16h00: Slovenia vs England26 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1A vs 2B (1)2 July, 16h00: Quarter-final 5 vs 7 (C)10 July, 20h30: Third-place playoffBACK TO TOP ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUMThe Royal Bafokeng Stadium was built by the Bafokeng Nation, which owns much of the platinum-mining rights in North West province. It underwent minor renovations for the World Cup, increasing its capacity from 38 000 to 44 530 seats, with the main west stand enlarged and given a new cantilever roof. Fast facts Location: Rustenburg, North West provinceCoordinates: 25° 34′ 42.96″ S, 27° 9′ 38.52″ ECapacity: 44 530 seatsStatus: UpgradeArchitect: BSP ArchitectsContractor: No main contractorConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 12 June, 20h30: England vs USA15 June, 13h30: New Zealand vs Slovakia19 June, 16h00: Ghana vs Australia22 June, 16h00: Mexico vs Uruguay24 June, 20h30: Denmark vs Japan26 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1C vs 2D (3)BACK TO TOP FREE STATE STADIUMHome to the Cheetahs rugby team and Bloemfontein Celtic football team, Free State Stadium was built in 1952 and upgraded in 2008 to increase its capacity to 45 058 seats, as well as improve security, lighting and turnstiles. Fast facts Location: Bloemfontein (Mangaung municipality), Free State provinceAlternate name: Vodacom ParkCoordinates: 29° 7′ 2.25″ S, 26° 12′ 31.85″ ECapacity: 45 058 seatsStatus: UpgradeArchitect: ACG ArchitectsContractor: Ruwacon / Meyker Re Teng Construction / Ikaneng Developments / Promania 128 joint ventureConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 14 June, 16h00: Japan vs Cameroon17 June, 16h00: Greece vs Nigeria20 June, 13h30: Slovakia vs Paraguay22 June, 16h00: France vs South Africa25 June, 20h30: Switzerland vs Honduras27 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1D vs 2C (4)BACK TO TOP MBOMBELA STADIUMWith host city Nelspruit’s proximity to the Kruger National Park, Mbombela Stadium has a quirky wildlife theme, with large giraffe-shaped orange girders facing outwards on its exterior, and funky zebra stripes on the seats inside. Built from scratch, the stadium has a capacity of 43 589 seats. Fast facts Location: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga provinceCoordinates: 25° 27′ 40″ S, 30° 55′ 44″ ECapacity: 43 589 seatsStatus: New constructionCost: R1.05-billion (US$140-million)Architect: RL ArchitectsContractor: Basil Read / Bouygues joint ventureConstruction began: February 2007World Cup matches: 4 Matches 16 June, 13h30: Honduras vs Chile20 June, 16h00: Italy vs New Zealand23 June, 20h30: Australia vs Serbia25 June, 16h00: North Korea vs Côte d’IvoireBACK TO TOP PETER MOKABA STADIUMWith a design inspired by the baobab tree, a common sight in Limpopo province, the new Peter Mokaba Stadium has a capacity of 45 264 seats. Fast facts Location: Polokwane, LimpopoCoordinates: 23° 55′ 29″ S, 29° 28′ 8″ ECapacity: 45 264 seatsStatus: New constructionCost: R1.24-billion (US$150-million)Architect: Prism ArchitectsContractor: WBHO / Paul joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 4 Matches 13 June, 13h30: Algeria vs Slovenia17 June, 20h30: France vs Mexico22 June, 20h30: Greece vs Argentina24 June, 16h00: Paraguay vs New ZealandBACK TO TOP Useful linksFifa 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa South Africa 2010 SouthAfrica.info – 2010 South African Football Association Johannesburg Pretoria (Tshwane) Cape Town Durban Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) Bloemfontein (Mangaung) Nelspruit (Mbombela) Polokwane Rustenburg
7 April 2008The South African National Research Network (Sanren) reached a significant milestone last week when the first four research infrastructure sites went live in Johannesburg, representing a major step forward in the creation of an information and communications technology platform for South African research.Teams from the Tertiary Education Network (Tenet), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and second landline operator Neotel have worked closely together to deploy the network.In a statement last week, Neotel said the network marked a key change in the research and development community in South Africa, and was set to place local research and development on par with the best in the world.The Sanren project is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Meraka Institute, while Sanren is providing the network equipment and Neotel is providing the optical fibre circuit to ensure a high capacity backbone for the Johannesburg ring.Tenet currently secures internet services for South African universities and research institutions and provides operational services to Sanren, including national and international connectivity at the gateway, with operating costs being recovered by Tenet from the user institutions.“We are pleased that our participation in the Sanren project is contributing to the ultimate success of an initiative that is of national importance,” said Neotel Enterprise Services head Stefano Mattiello. “This is our contribution to the research and development community in South Africa.”Bandwidth key to development“Access to high bandwidth is key in world-class research and development,” said Meraka Institute project engineer Christiaan Kuun. “This translates to providing significant network capacity to research institutions in South Africa.”The research network is built upon the backbone of Neotel’s next generation network, which is flexible, scalable and custom made to the Sanren’s requirements.The four sites, which include the main campuses of Wits and UJ, as well as UJ’s satellite campuses in Bunting and Doornfontein, are on a shared 10 gigabits-per-second ring network, which connects them to each other and to a major gateway site operated by Tenet and hosted by Internet Solutions in Johannesburg.“Future plans are to make all Wits satellite campuses and the CSIR’s Johannesburg campus live at the same capacity,” Kuun said. “We also plan to upgrade the main campuses of Wits and UJ.”Research and higher educational institutions across South Africa will be eventually become connected to the Sanren as the network expands.“Tenet and the user institutions are delighted to work together with the the Department of Science and Technology and Meraka Institute on this exiting project that is reshaping research and education networking in South Africa,” said Tenet CEO Duncan Martin.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Maharashtra has sought increased financial assistance from the Centre for the next five years to tackle drought. Presenting a charter of demands at the fifth governing council meeting of Niti Aayog , Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged the Centre to step in with increased assistance to help transport water from the Godavari basin criss-crossing Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha back into Marathwada and Vidarbha. “My government’s effort is to bring more water from Godavari into stressed areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha to make them free of scarcity in the future. This is my government’s priority for the next five years, and since Centre has assisted us last five years, I have forwarded similar demands to the Niti Aayog,” Mr. Fadnavis said in New Delhi on Saturday. The Maharashtra delegation — in back-to-back meetings with Hardeep Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation, Commerce and Industry; Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Jal Shakti Minister; and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel — discussed pending issues related to the Nagpur airport, Mumbai airport, Nagpur Metro phase 2 and PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Urban), senior officials said. The CM sought central assistance for the Marathwada water grid, river liking projects on Godavari with Mr. Shekhawat. “We made a detailed presentation to him (Mr Shekhawat) Other meetings focussed on water, agriculture and market reforms, including six to seven other concerns that the State faces. We have appraised various ministries of the work Maharastra has done in water resources and agri sector,” the CM said. The agenda of the governing council was focused on internal security, development in left wing extremism (LWE) areas, reforms of the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Other issues discussed were progress of the Aspirational Districts Programme, launched in January 2018, and ways for encouraging water conservation through rain water harvesting, said officials. Maharashtra has declared 151 talukas as drought affected and is getting a central assistance of ₹4,714 crore. The government had deployed 5,493 tankers to provide water to 4,331 villages after 151 talukas were declared drought-hit. The Opposition alleged that the State government is purposely restricting water supply through tankers in areas where the scheme has not performed well.