Wednesday, January 28, 2009



Polokwane is the land of the upside down tree, The Baobab, which is the biggest tree in Africa.

Polokwane is the capital of the Limpopo Province. Attractions in Polokwane include The Bakone Malapa Northern-Sotho Open-Air Museum, The Polokwane Museum which contains artifacts from the Stone and Iron Ages of the Area, and the Polokwane Game Reserve which have 4 x 4 Adventure Excursions and Hiking Trails. Polokwane was previously known as Pietersburg. The city was recently renamed Polokwane which means “Place of Safety”.
Polokwane plays host to 4 Group Games at the 2010 World Cup.
Polokwane’s proposed development projects for the 2010 World Cup include the following:
The Peter Mokaba Stadium needs to be upgraded to seat 45 000 spectators. It was decided to build a new Peter Mokaba Stadium called the Peter Mokaba Complex (Design Impression Below) adjacent to the existing stadium in order to achieve the above. The budget for the Peter Mokaba Complex is expected to be just over R 900 million. According to Polokwane’s 2010 director the new stadium is about 60% complete and will be finished by July this year. (3rd Photo Below of Stadium Construction at the moment).

The stadium precinct (Area around the stadium) needs to be developed to cater for the following facilities: Volunteer Facilities, TV Compound, Ticketing Facilities, Merchandising, Commercial Display Facilities, Landscaping, Parking, Access Roads and Walkways. Here is a sketch of the extent and layout of the Stadium Precinct.

Transportation needs to be provided between the following areas: Airport and Hotels, Hotels and Stadiums/Fan Parks, Prescribed Parking Areas and Fan Parks, In & Around the city. In order to achieve the above the following areas have been targeted: Upgrading & Extension to various roads including Magazyne Street & Nelson Mandela Drive, Implementation of one way system around the CBD as well as Internal walkways and bicycle lanes within the 1km radius of Peter Mokaba Stadium and within 0.5 km radius of the Seshego Stadium, 2010 Traffic Management Plan needs to be implemented as well which includes Traffic Equipment and Personal.

The existing Peter Mokaba Stadium (First Photo) as well as the Seshego Stadium (2nd Photo) are the two primary training venues for Polokwane.

There were initially 6 locations identified for the development of a Fan Park. It was finally decided that the Area along the N1, which is located towards the North East of the Stadium, opposite the Tom Naude High School, was the recommended area due to it’s accessibility from all major entrances, walking distance from the CBD, it is in the opposite direction of the stadium thereby decreasing traffic volumes and sufficient vacant land for park & ride facilities. The following developments are to take place: Ablution Facilities, Temporary Kiosks, Water & Electricity, Info Kiosks, Security and Surveillance.

The areas identified with regards to accommodation for 2010 are: Refurbish existing accommodation, Provide additional accommodation at Polokwane Game Reserve, Identify temporary Accommodation sites such as schools, churches & private dwellings.
There are a number of other targeted development areas for Polokwane such as tourism, Volunteer Requirements and IT Solutions. Swoosh0018 is looking for someone to follow up on the developments taking place in Polokwane with regards to 2010 and give first hand views & photos. Anyone interested kindly contact Swoosh at



  1. Swoosh, Guys, What's Your View on us Spending a Billion Rands on the New Peter Mokaba Stadium for Just 4 Group Games!

  2. waste of money
    rather keep it incase we got to bail out our banks

  3. Cant wait to get to SA2010

    Thanks for the informative post Galactico

  4. The money in soccer never makes sense.... 100 Bar for Kaka... billions on the Peter Mokaba Stadium... lets not even get into our coaches Salary.

    I still maintain that all that money at the grassroots level so that we can develop decent youth programs.

    But i am happy with what they did at Orlando Stadium. Its great to see SA investing in our History.


  5. Its 2010 World Cup.

    Biggest Sporting event South Africa has ever seen.

    Rumours are flying about Banks and shite but 2010 Will make or break the country

    If the billions spent will justify the total revenue that 2010 will bring then why Not.

    In time to come Im sure the stadium will host big sporting events and matches.

    So why not.

    Millions get wasted in other things so rather pour it into infrastructure.

    On the whole though it stems from politics. Last night I was watching E-News and the selection process was being determined. The sports minister wants to control selection. What the F#4k. According to those rules Santana will not be allowed to coach as a foreigner

    Galactico, Azee and Seth. Why waste millions on Santana...

    And we worried about pouring billions into a a stadium.

    If the Sports minister gets his way then All the billions on Perreira (already wasted) and Sanatana would be in Vain.

    We could have saved ,paid Gordon 1/4 of that .

    And I do hope Billions are poured into transport. Thats where my worry lies

  6. You right for once ABR.

    Pour money into development, But as Swoosh says alls in vain when politics rears its ugly head.

    Try going for a trial at one of the major clubs. No one passes you the ball.

    I trialed for Chiefs once

    Hard done By

  7. abr how many awards has ronaldo won?

  8. scum draw to brucies wigan. villa might even take 3rd spot ahead of the scousers!

    carrick better then stevie g

  9. abr go climb back in your hole

  10. Nothing on the SCUM game?????

    Amazing you are Swoosh!

    You have the audacity to put up stuff on Maldini but nothing on that RUBBISH Rafa????

    He has proven he is an amateur compared to the Gaffer and Mr Wenger???WTF was he thinking???

  11. go u good thing mini go!

    swoosh this is very poor!

    got to be a little objective here now dude!

    what are the scum okes views, is rafa a mugg? do they still trust in rafa?

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