On Sunday Sept. 6, I was among the privileged Highway Africa participants who were given a tour of the newly-constructed Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, in the beautiful seaside city of Port Elizabeth, during a reception organized in the stadium's VIP foyer by MTN and the South African World Cup Organizing Committee.
The reception was an opportunity for World Cup 2010 officials to showcase SA's level of preparation for next year's world cup to media practitioners from all over Africa.
Without doubt, the beautiful port city of Port Elizabeth (which seems like a futuristic version of what the town of Limbe, Cameroon, would look like if anyone bothered to develop it) is ready. Its road and telecommunications infrastructure is in an impeccable state; its well-oiled hotel and transportation services ready to go. Most importantly, the 48,000 capacity architectural masterpiece, the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium is also ready for the first game save for a few finishing touches, which Danny Jordaan, Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, assures will be complete by October this year. Here are some pictures of the Nelson Mandela stadium: