2010 stadium case postponed

Time of article published Jul 27, 2007

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A court action opposing the construction of the new Green Point Stadium for the 2010 soccer world cup was postponed to an unspecified date by the Cape High Court on Friday.

The action was brought by an environmental group - the Cape Town Environmental Protection Association (Cepa). The group is opposed to the location of the Green Point Stadium where the 2010 world cup semi-final football match is to be held.

The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government expressed their disappointment at the postponement in a joint press statement on Friday.

"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," said Mike Marsden, Executive Director for Service Delivery Integration and responsible for 2010 in the City.

The matter between the City, the Province, the Fifa 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee and CEPA was set down for August 13 but after a meeting with the judge president and deputy judge president, the undefined postponement was decided on.

It was found August 13 would not be feasible due to the "scale and complexity" of the case.

"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." - Sapa

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