The Premier of the Mpumalanga Province, Thabang Makwetla, was joined by the Executive Mayor of Nelspruit, Justice Nsibande and CEO of the 2010 South African Local Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan to turn the first sods of soil on the site of the new Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
Earthworks have started, and the city is full steam ahead with the construction of their $131,224,460 stadium. Upon completion, the stadium will have a seating capacity of 43,500 and will be used for the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The media centre will be able to host 620 print and new media journalists. The pylons of the stadium will be giraffe-like in style and the interior décor of the complex will include trees, which are characteristic of the Mpumalanga province.
Mayor Nsibande used this occasion to highlight the important role that football plays in the development of the city's youth. He said: "Sport plays an important role in the daily lives of our young people and I look forward to the day when sportsmen and women are able to make their mark at the highest level, made possible by the endless hours of training and match time accumulated at the Mbombela Stadium."
FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter will no doubt be pleased to see a literal interpretation of his urge for South Africa to start construction work.