Earlier this week, the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality unveiled a new multi-purpose sports stadium which cost taxpayers around R15 million. The unveiling of the stadium caused a huge uproar on social media.
The municipality took to social media to post pictures of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the brand new Lesseyton Sports Field facility. However, this proved to be a mistake. Social media users immediately called into question the cost of the stadium.
The pictures that were posted on the municipality Facebook page revealed two portable looking iron stands and two-in-one rugby and soccer poles. The Municipality later posted pictures of the ablution facilities and changing rooms.
Jane Cowley, the Constituency Leader from the Enoch Mgijima Municipality says she was shocked at the state of the facility. She says after taking engineering experts to the facility, there is no way that it cost R15 million to build.
Cowley said, “How do you open a facility and then already there are so many things that are broken and so many things that are not even completed. There's no water, the goal post is broken and yet you're trying to convince us that that cost 15 million rands”
The municipality wanted to set the record straight, listing the various tasks that were undertaken during the multi-million rand project.
They listed the construction of 780m of palisade fencing, the construction of a rugby and soccer field, rock blasting, earthworks, layer works, a grass athletics track, ablution facilities, change rooms, borehole drilling, a rainwater catchment tank, a high-rise water main tank, sewer system with a septic tank, electrical installation, guardhouse and steel grandstands.
Further concerns were raised when the company contracted to do the work said the project cost R22 million.
Nokuthula Zondani, Municipal Manager at the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality said the company was originally appointed to do the work for R22 million. However, due to budget cuts, the figure was reworked to R15 million. She explains that a number of tests also needed to be conducted in order to get the project approved.
Zondani also noted that the draught currently being experienced in the Eastern Cape played a role in the brown pitch. She says a borehole has been constructed, but due to the province being a water-scarce zone, they are not yet using the water from the borehole.