A R15.9m stadium in Limpopo named after champion athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi is incomplete, five years after the sod-turning ceremony.

GroundUp reports that the stadium was supposed to be built with the R15.9m grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) paid to Mavu Sports Development, a Gauteng-based non-profit organisation (NPO) in 2018.

NLC’s provincial manager, Matsobane Legodi, told a delegation of community leaders and politicians that the project was in honour of SA’s 800m champion. He said the stadium would be completed within six months, by the end of June 2018. 

The NLC grant raised red flags from the start.

For one thing, it was odd that a grant for such a large infrastructure project was awarded to Mavu, which had no experience with such projects. In addition, the NPO was not entitled to receive funding, as it had received funding in 2016 and in 2017.

Getting more funds in 2018 was in breach of a statutory 12-month cooling-off period introduced in 2015 when amendments were made to the National Lotteries Act.

The acting secretary of the Zoutpansberg Development Forum, Andries Dobi, said an investigation should be launched. He said a lack of skills and corruption were the main causes of the delays in building the stadium.

Spokesperson for Mavu, Kirsten Nematandani, admitted that the project is far from being completed.

He said that the NLC’s grant of R15.9m was ‘not nearly enough’ to build a world-class facility. According to Nematandani, Mavu had applied for a grant of R4m, but this had been declined by the NLC.

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