Following a successful biding by South Africa to host 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament, Mbomela Local Municipality was appointed as one of the host cities. As such, Mbombela Local Municipality is expected to provide a playing venue and at least two training venues among other facilities, all meeting the minimum stipulated FIFA World cup standards.
It made economic sense for Mbombela Local Municipality to invest in upgrading already existing stadiums for use as training venues. KaNyamazane and KaBokweni Stadiums were identified for this purpose.
LIDWALA Consulting Engineers (SA) (Pty) Ltd, were appointed by Ehlanzeni District Municipality acting as an implementing Agent on behalf of Mbombela Local Municipality for the provision of Professional Services, including Project Management. The works consisted of:
- Demolishing and building new ticket offices
- Re-doing the soccer pitch and athletic track, installing new pitch drainage (Shelton Drainage) and underground automated irrigation system with 90 000 litres back-up water tanks and installation of Soccer Pitch Equipment and Training Accessories
- Building the new fully furnished VIP entertainment block with a Lounge and FIFA Offices
- Renovating and equipping the players change rooms
- Building 3No. new additional spectators ablution blocks
- Renovating and repairing the existing spectators ablution blocks
- Construction of a concrete retaining wall to enclose the emergency services
- Renovating and repainting of the main grand stand and the southern grand stand
- Upgrading the built-up stand and making safe
- Installation of a 1.8m high pitch fence with 15No. 2m wide pedestrian gates. 1No. 6m wide emergency vehicle entrance and 1No. 3m player access gate
- Removing the 4No. 24m high field lighting masts and erecting 4 No. new 34.7m high field lighting masts providing light minimum levels of 500 lux
- Revamping the electrical site reticulation, provide security lighting in and around the stadium, and providing a stand-by generator
- Installing a Public Address System for announcements and public control purposes
- Construction of new water reticulation networks within the stadium, fire water supply and domestic water supply, all connected to back-up water tanks
The objectives and scope requirements of the project were prioritized into the following three categories:
a)Primarily, the final product was supposed to at least comply with the minimum FIFA requirements for a training field of the participating team, and all regulatory requirements were supposed to be met. Due to limited funding, the most essential priorities namely the dressing rooms facility, the track and field lighting, and security, took precedence as being the highest priorities.
b)Secondarily, the various elements of the facility were supposed to be upgraded in a comprehensive way so as to ensure not only compliance with the FIFA guidelines, but so as to function in an integrated way. These elements needed to be addressed, had funds permitted.
c)As a tertiary objective, all of the above work needed to be planned in such a way as to meet the sustained needs of the users of the facility subsequent to the World Cup, and to be of a high aesthetic appearance.
The stadium was completed on time for the 2010 FIFA world cup games and left behind a legacy for community benefit.