South Africa: Trade unions eager to dismantle Cape Town Stadium

source: BusinessDay.co.za

South Africa: Trade unions eager to dismantle Cape Town Stadium Congress of the South African Trade Unions says Cape Town’s Greenpoint stadium should be dismantled and turned into low-cost housing. Architects and engineers say it’s possible, “Business Day” reports.

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The Congress, called simply Cosatu, called on Cape Town city managers yesterday to dismantle Cape Town’s Greenpoint stadium and turn it into low-cost housing, saying that engineers and architects believed it was possible.

The ground hasn’t been able to sustain itself since early 2010 opening, generating annual loss of some 44m rand (over €4m) with as little as 12m rand (€1m) income.

Cosatu’s provincial secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, said yesterday the union had spoken to engineers and architects who all felt that it was possible to turn the stadium into a low-cost housing project.

"If public funds are being spent on the stadium, then it should be spent in a way that the most vulnerable people of Cape Town (can) benefit. We believe that the building of low-cost housing in Cape Town (stadium) will go a long way to integrate communities across colour lines," Mr Ehrenreich said.

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