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Province refuses to comment on value of BBC's World Cup HQ

By Staff Writer

THE provincial government has refused to say how much it will receive from the BBC after finally concluding a deal that will see Somerset Hospital host the broadcaster's World Cup HQ.

Last week the BBC and provincial officials finalised the deal for the glass structure above the roof of the hospital with views of the new 68 000-seater Green Point stadium along with a backdrop of Table Mountain.

Gary Lineker, the former English striker, will host the broadcaster's coverage from the studio which is within minutes of the stadium as well as the V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay Marina and several five-star hotels.

London's Mirror newspaper earlier speculated that the BBC had to shell out "tens of thousands" of pounds for the use of the hospital.

Asked for comment, spokesman for the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works Solly Malatsi said negotiations with the BBC took about six months to conclude.

He would not say whether any other broadcasters had also been in negotiations with the provincial government to use the Somerset Hospital site or any other areas in the vicinity.

"The lease is beneficial to the province. However, the lease agreement prohibits both parties from commenting about the value of the lease in the media," said Malatsi.

Garth Strachan, former MEC for finance and economic development, earlier said during negotiations with the broadcaster that the studio would not interfere with the day-to-day running of the hospital.

Although Johannesburg will host Fifa's International Broadcast Centre, many international broadcasters had shown interest in being based in Cape Town, according to Lauren Platzky, the province's 2010 co-ordinator.

Published on the web by Cape Times on September 23, 2009.

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UK expert to advise on V&A security during World Cup

November 30, 2009 Edition 1


A FORMER POLICE superintendent from Liverpool, experienced in managing large crowds of soccer fans, has been brought in to bolster security measures at the V&A Waterfront for the World Cup.

David Green, who took over as chief executive of the Waterfront nine months ago, said: "We want Capetonians and tourists to feel safe."

Crowds of about 100 000 people, equivalent to a New Year's Eve gathering, are expected to throng to the Waterfront daily during the event.

But Green said safety would be paramount.

There were 1 200 CCTV cameras at the Waterfront, and a highly trained team of security staff was on site.

Green said the centre's security staff's training was modelled on Britain's bobby system.

Dressed in distinctive uniforms and white hats, the officers are intended to be a visible deterrent to criminals - and serve as guides and sources of information for visitors.

Green said extra security would be brought in for the World Cup as the Waterfront would be one of the "hubs" of activities.

People would go shopping and seek entertainment at the Waterfront, which was conveniently near the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and the Cape Town Stadium.

To accommodate the crowds expected, the boundaries of the Waterfront would be expanded, Green said.

There would be big screens in four zones around the Waterfront, including at the Breakwater and on the Granger Bay side.

While the focus would be on the CTICC and Long Street for the draw on Friday, the Waterfront had to present Cape Town in the best possible light, Green said.

"We are trying to up the game significantly."

Although 40 percent of the Waterfront site had yet to be developed, there were no cranes dotting the area's skyline, Green said.

He said the World Cup was an opportunity to "take a pause and focus on what we have got".

The One&Only hotel was complete and the canal open.

After the World Cup, discussions about continuing the development of the Waterfront precinct would be resumed.

The Waterfront had not been immune to the effects of the global recession but, as a "profitable and mature" entity, it would be able to withstand the economic pressures, Green said.

He was pragmatic about the financial difficulties of Dubai World, which through its investment company, Istithmar, has a 37.5 percent stake in the Waterfront.

Dubai World is reportedly battling to pay creditors instalments due on its debt of $59 billion (about R443bn today).

Green said Dubai World's financial problems would not affect the daily running of the Waterfront.

"We have ring-fenced funding. Ownership will come and go," he said.

"What's important is that (the Waterfront) is run well."


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BBC's Cape Town studio 'iconic'

Dec 09 2009 13:42 Carin Smith

Cape Town - No better studio for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament could have been found.

This is the view of Phil Bigwood, BBC Sport's executive producer for football, regarding the channel's studio to be built on the roof of the Somerset Hospital in Green Point.

He explains that during World Cup tournaments broadcasting is always done from 'iconic' locations.

BBC Sport's studio during the 2006 tournament in Germany, for instance, looked out onto the Brandenburg Gate. In Cape Town the studio looks out onto Table Mountain as a geographic icon, the stadium as a football icon and Robben Island as a political icon.

Building is expected to be completed by the end of April.

The BBC will broadcast some 32 matches and 100 programmes from the roof-top studio.

Bigwood says that from November 2007 they had searched South Africa for a suitable location for their 2010 studio, and he expected it to be the most exciting and dramatic studio ever set up by the BBC overseas.

This studio, which he expects will probably cost "hundreds of thousands" of rands, will be left to the city after the tournament as a bequest.

Bigwood says the BBC is very pleased with the location of the studio. England, he says, now just needs to win the tournament.

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Cape Town 2010: Transport Service Costs

All comments welcome. Would like to know how reasonable these are from an international perspective and how do they compare to e.g. Beijing 2008/Vancouver 2010.

Service 1: Central City to Match Venue (2km)

Depart: Main Transport Hub (Central City)

Civic Station 1 2

Arrive: Match Venue

Stadium IRT Station 1 2

Route (Bottom of image to stadium at the top)

Fleet: 36 new Volvo BRT buses

8 x 18m articulated buses (156 seats each)

28 x 12m standard buses (120 seats each)

Capacity: 20,000 per hour (peak)

Cost: Free

Service 2: Airport to City Shuttle Service (15km) - Cost: $6.65 / R50

Depart: Cape Town International Airport

Airport IRT Station 1 2

Arrive: Main Transport Hub (Central City)

Civic Station 1 2

Fleet: 7 new Volvo BRT buses

7 x 12m standard buses (incl. luggage space)

Capacity: 480 passengers per hour

Cost: $6.65 / R50

Service 3: Inner City Loop Service - Cost: $1.1 / R8

Service: All match and non-match days excl. 2 hours before and after matches

Route: Regular service around designated CBD route

Fleet: 36 new Volvo BRT buses (As per match service)

8 x 18m articulated buses (156 seats each)

28 x 12m standard buses (120 seats each)

Capacity: 15,000 to 20,000 per hour (peak)

Cost: $1.1 / R8

Service 4: Park and Ride (Bus) Cost: Free

Depart: University of Cape Town Campus

Arrive: Main Transport Hub (Central City)

Civic Station 1 2

Distance: 6km

Fleet: 26 Jammie Shuttle buses

Depart: Century City

Arrive: Main Transport Hub (Central City)

Civic Station 1 2

Distance: 12km

Service 5: Park and Ride (Rail) Cost: Normal Train Fares (Extended service to 2am)

Average Cost:

1-20km ($0.8)

21-35km ($1.1)

36-50km ($2)

Depart: Various Rail Stations

Arrive: Cape Town Central Station

Images: 1 2

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It had to blend in, rather than stand out/compete with the setting. Our icon is Table Mountain, there had to be a balance.

It was never going to have an arch or large exposed steel trusses.

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It had to blend in, rather than stand out/compete with the setting. Our icon is Table Mountain, there had to be a balance.

It was never going to have an arch or large exposed steel trusses.

Oh I agree, it's done the city proud. It's great it wasn't a monolith for a monolith's sake.

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Cape Town International Airport

IRT (Integrated Rapid Transit) Station


7 x 12m, 120 seat bus

8 x 18, 156 seat bus (Reserve)

($7/R50 to City Centre)






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Simple and elegant steel bridges over Buitengracht Street for World Cup 2010

The development and upgrading of the infrastructure of Cape Town in preparation for the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa required the re-assessment of the City’s urban framework.

To improve pedestrian movement between the CBD and the newly constructed Green Point Stadium, next to the world famous V&A Waterfront, it was decided to development a new pedestrian axis between the two nodes. The R35m (ZAR) project is due for completion in December 2009, and will include two pedestrian bridges across Buitengracht street, one at Coen Steytler Avenue and one at Waterkant Street.

The pedestrian and cycle friendly link will enable people to walk or cycle from the station to the stadium without having to cross a number of busy roads along the way.

A consortium of professionals, including Vela VKE Consulting Engineers as part of the Foreshore Freeway Consortium, Arcus Gibb Civil Engineers and the Architectural firms of COA and Gapp Architects/Urban Designers were directly or indirectly appointed by the City of Cape Town to be involved in designing these bridges.




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Have all the test events in the Cape Town been Rugby matches so far, Mo?

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