John Cupido MPL
Spokesperson for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture
East London 2010 Legacy Project a grazing paddock
A R1 million sports field that was upgraded as part of the 2010 Soccer World Cup Legacy Project in Buffalo City has become a grazing paddock for cattle.
The Needs Camp Sports Field was upgraded at a cost of R774, 012 (excluding Vat) for turf and R202, 415 (excluding VAT) for buildings on the site.
Despite the fact that the site was signed off for final completion by representatives of the Buffalo City Municipality in May 2012, taxpayers have seen no value for their money from this project. During a recent visit by the DA it was obvious that the facility was poorly constructed and unused. The only visible activity was a herd of cattle grazing on the turf. For a picture, click here.
In a legislature question I asked 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.
We cannot allow good money to be wasted on poorly planned projects. In its current state this sports field does not hold up to the promises of a 2010 legacy. The DA believes in development that is sustainable and for all the people.
I have written to the MEC and to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sport, Recreation, Art and Culture, requesting a report on why this facility is not being utilised and what action will be taken to ensure that it becomes the asset the local community was promised.