The 2000-seat precast pavilion at the new Waterval Sports facility is not yet complete. Photo: Bernard Chiguvare.
Come December, the long-awaited Waterval sports facility could be completed and ready for use by the community around Waterval. This is according to Livhuwani Crosby Mulungwa, owner of Valcross Trading Enterprise.
Valcross Trading Enterprise is the contractor working on the construction of phase three of the Waterval sports facility. Mulungwa made the announcement during an interview with Limpopo Mirror at Waterval Stadium on Monday, 8 November.
The company started work on phase 3 of the project in February 2019, which was supposed to be an eight-month contract. However, Mulungwa was faced with certain challenges, such as the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and a shortage of construction material such as steel. “Most manufacturing companies were not at work during the hard lockdown and that was one of our challenges,” said Mulungwa.
According to the 2021/2022 Makhado Municipality’s IDP budget presented on 4 May this year, the overall tender value for construction on phase 3 of the sports facility is R28.4 million. Expenditure as of 4 May 2021 amounted to R17.3M, with construction at 51% complete. The revised completion date was supposed to be 31 May 2021.
The project scope entails the construction of a 2000-seat precast pavilion, gabion buttresses, an ablution block with change rooms, the construction of a guardhouse, electric reticulation around the sports facility, installation of floodlights and paving of the entire area.
When Limpopo Mirror visited the sports facility on 8 November, some work was in progress. “We are almost there; the project is nearly 80% complete,” said Mulungwa.
Local community members believe that they will benefit from the facility in a big way by also utilising it to host events and practise all kinds of sports. “It is five years now that the sports facility has been under construction. I wonder when it will be completed,” asked Sagwadi Clarance Majoko, founder and director of Tsonga Chronicles, a local events-hosting company. “I have enrolled and completed a four-year university degree programme since they started, and it is still under construction.”
He said that they were currently hosting events on roads and at a small community hall in the area. “We host events almost every month, and we really want to make use of this sports facility. There is so much talent in our community, but no proper facility for our youths to showcase their talents,” said Majoko.
Date:13 November 2021 - By: Bernard Chiguvare
Bernard Chiguvare is a Zimbabwean-born journalist. He writes mainly for the online publication, Groundup.