Soccer World Cup 2010


African Renaissance Stadium (Cape Town)

Wanting to claim political credit, the plan to develop Green Point as a semifinal venue for the World Cup was prematurely announced by the Minister in the Presidency, Essop Pahad, Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool and the city's former mayor, Nomaindia Mfeketo, early in February 2006. On 31 October 2006, the city of Cape Town gave the go-ahead for the construction of the stadium.

Environmental Impact Report

Teral Cullen is the head of the Cape Town City's World Cup 2010 office.

Aerial view of Greenpoint common Aerial view of Greenpoint common
Site on Green Point Common

The Metropolitan Golf course.


The Stadium is planned to be a 68 000-capacity all-weather arena.


On June 30, the first draft of the business plan was submitted to the National Treasury. A final proposal was submitted to the National Treasury at the end of October 2006, which allows for the tender process to commence. The construction of the stadium is hoped to start at the end of January 2007 and be completed in 2008.

New body to oversee building of stadium

The Western Cape cabinet has given the go-ahead for the establishment of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to oversee the building of the Green Point stadium for the 2010 World Cup. The SPV was mooted at a meeting in March 2006 between the provincial and national governments, the city of Cape Town, and the Fifa local organising committee. The SPV board will include representatives of all three tiers of government. Lynne Brown, Finance MEC, will prepare a draft of legislation to bring the SPV into existence.

Where is the Green Point stadium going to be built?

Next to the common is a nine-hole golf course zoned commonage, which has been leased to the Metropolitan Golf Club for more than 100 years. It is a beautifully maintained "green lung" and is fully financed by the club. The course is enjoyed by many visitors to the upmarket hotels in the vicinity. The Metropolitan's lease ends in 2009. However, apparently there is a clause that if the land is required for any public sports facility, a three-month notice of termination may apply. The suspicion is that the authorities plan on using the golf course as the site for the stadium.

Controversy over the Green Point site

There is some controversy over FIFA endorsing Green Point stadium as Cape Town's match venue for the 2010 World Cup, as some consider it to be in an elite white area and too far from the football masses who are based in the townships. They question what value the stadium will be to the city once the event is over (the present stadium is rarely filled for any but the most earth-shattering events). Due to this area being dominated by the wealthy white class,  the potential for the surrounding residents to participate in World Cup betting is slightly higher.

Court action threatened

Green Point residents have threatened court action to try to prevent the building of the new Green Point stadium.

Cost & funding of stadium
Cost of stadium

In an assesment ordered by Helen Zille (Cape Town's mayor), it was estimated that it would cost R4.18-billion to build the stadium, and that even a no-frills version would cost R3,3-billion-plus (It was originally estimated, by the city's chief operation officer - Rushj Lehutso - that the stadium will cost at least R1.5 billion to build, and that R500 million of that cost was expected from national government).

On the 26th July 2006, the LOC's Luyanda Mpahlwa dismissed reports that it would cost R3,8-billion: "The R3,8bn you had from Cape Town is a cost that included infrastructure costs around the stadium," he said. "The actual cost of the stadium is within the estimations put across and agreed on with the technical team, in the vicinity of R1,6bn."

At the end of August 2006, the national treasury asked that the cost of the stadium be slashed by 40% from the estimated R3.3bn.


The City of Cape Town says it can afford a maximum of R400 million over the next 4 years if it is not to compromise other infrastructure development; which means that either government or Fifa will have to commit between R2,8-billion and R3,8-billion in funding if the stadium is to go ahead (and this commitment must be made before November).

Currently the South African government has budgeted R5 billion in total to build and upgrade 10 stadiums around the country for the Soccer World Cup 2010.

It is possible that if the funding is not forthcoming, that Fifa could be persuaded to change its 68 000-seat requirement for a semi-final venue, which would allow the use of the Newlands rugby ground (Newlands can be upgraded to a 55 000 seat stadium).

Will the stadium turn out to be a white elephant?

On 8th August 2006 Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool told the Western Cape provincial legislature that he did not forsee the stadium being demolished after Soccer World Cup 2010 or becoming white elephant; "In the high road scenario, the stadium will be used to its maximum and, in a low road, it will be used minimally. The high road would include some rugby games being shifted to Green Point that takes us to profitability within the first 2 years. Even in terms of the low road, we have to absorb costs in 2010, but then it begins to show modest profits."

Bids to build the stadium

The deadline for tenders to plan, design and manage construction of the proposed 68 000-seater stadium was noon on Monday, 27th March 2006; thirteen bids had been received. The bids will be put before three key sub-committees - (1) design, (2) environment and transport, and (3) finance and sustainability - for assessment.
The 10th April has provisionally been set as the date for announcing the winning bid.

FIFA demands

There is a standard document which FIFA requires host cities to sign.

The host city must have enough back-up power grids to deal with any power failure at the stadium and elsewhere in the city.

The "City Beautification" clause stipulates that the host city may not authorise or grant any permits for any private or public construction works to be undertaken within the host city for the entire duration of the competition. It says, "For the avoidance of doubt, any construction which is in progress at the start of the competition shall be temporarily suspended for the period of the competition."

Billboards up to 1km from the stadium and along major routes have to be kept for FIFA-approved advertisers only - and the income from these will go to FIFA.

Free office space with food and beverage dispensing equipment for the local FIFA organising committee

'Without limitation' telephone lines, internet connectivity and communications equipment.

Special traffic access lanes for key FIFA representatives and participating teams and officials.

Budweiser to be the official beer for the event.

According to a Weekend Argus article on 25th March 2006, Belind Walker said the contract appeared to have been signed by the previous ANC city administration without an evaluation of the costs!

Cape Town's infrastructure

With its tourist infrastructure, hotels and other forms of accommodation Cape Town meets the requirements of hosting a major world tournament. A new linking road (Granger Bay Boulevard) has been mooted, between the Green Point traffic circle (just off Main Road) and Beach Road opposite the western end of the Waterfront.

Building of the Greenpoint stadium was frozen for a week

On 27th March 2006 Cape Town mayor, Helen Zille ordered a 1 week moratorium on the signing of new contracts, pending a detailed report on the financing of the project. She pointed out that the city couldn't spend the entire annual capital budget of R1bn on the stadium whilst there were still people living with sewerage and electricity. Zille said that the city needs to know where the money to build the stadium is coming from and how it will be funded in order that the city is not bankrupted in the process. The ANC accused Zille of trying to score cheap political points, with their Ebrahim Rasool describing Zille's decision as "irresponsible in the extreme" and ANC Western Cape secretary Mcebisi Skwatsha saying her "illogical excuses for the unnecessary delay are causes of grave concern". In an unlikely turn of events, the ANC affiliated Cosatu Western Cape said in a statement that it welcomed the need for a more comprehensive discussion on the stadium. It said that Cosatu's support for the World Cup was on condition that the event promotes employment, especially in underdeveloped areas. Cosatu was proposing that the stadium be built on the Cape Flats. Zille also replied to the ANC's comments, saying: "It is unfortunate that certain quarters of the ANC have decided to react with panic and anger over the city's decision to proceed cautiously... we do not believe in gambling with ratepayers' money"

The phrase "African Renaissance"

The African Renaissance is a concept popularized by Thabo Mbeki, whereby the African people and nations themselves solve the problems troubling the African continent.

People's Park

The 80 hectares of the current Green Point Common will be similarly transformed to become a People's Park in the same form as the internationally known Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York. The new Common will become as much a feature of Cape Town and the Western Cape as Table Mountain, the Cape Flats, the Winelands, the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo. An integrated plan will establish a world-class inner-city park, catering for events, sports, heritage, leisure, and relaxation in a landscaped space with indigenous trees, gardens and water features. Attention will be paid to any heritage aspects of the site and development. A memorial park could be developed on the current Fort Wynyard site. All the land on the common belongs to the City.

Cape Town International revamp

It is planned that the current domestic terminals will be turned into a departure building with a single check-in area for both domestic and international travellers. The lower level will be revamped into an arrivals lounge for both domestic and international travellers. A second multi-storey parcade is planned alongside the current (April 2006) International terminal. A second road above the current ring road is planned to seperate arrivals from departures.

Athlone Soccer Stadium

The Athlone soccer stadium will be upgraded as a WC 2010 Legacy Project to a 30 000 seater, roofed stadium will continue and contractors are already on site. This stadium is still expected to host 2010 international warm-up matches. It will also be used as the training venue for World Cup teams based in Cape Town. Community stadia will also be upgraded: so far Swartklip and Phillippi have been identified for this purpose.


World Cup 2010: Green Point Stadium and Precinct: Appointment of Multidisciplinary Consultant Design Consortium: Tender No. 273N-2005/06.

Financial Assistance to the City of Cape Town with Regard the Project

RFP for the development of the Green Point Stadium and precinct

Stadium guidelines

Aerial stadium picture

Greenpoint site plan

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