Panyaza Lesufi: Gauteng set to build new multi-million Rand netball arena

Panyaza Lesufi: Gauteng set to build new multi-million Rand netball arena

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has told SABC Sport that plans are underway to construct a state-of-the-art netball arena in Johannesburg following the upcoming general elections.

While details regarding the arena remain undisclosed, Lesufi confirmed that a suitable piece of land has been identified for construction. 

The proposed arena will not only feature an international court to facilitate test matches between the Spar Proteas and top-ranking nations, but also serve as the Netball South Africa's headquarters. 

Lesufi has vowed to ensure the arena’s structure will be erected before the year’s end.

"Gauteng is fully committed to the construction of a cutting-edge netball arena. We firmly believe that Gauteng is the ideal province to house a premier netball facility, akin to the FNB Stadium," the Premier told the public broadcaster.

"However, the arena must be situated away from the soccer stadium to alleviate traffic congestion. 

"We eagerly await the announcement of the election date by President Cyril Ramaphosa, at which point we will confirm construction of the arena will commence this year. 

"The facility will be built to international standards, although the exact location and budget allocated for the project cannot be disclosed at this time. What is certain is that it will be erected here in Gauteng."

Lesufi appealed to the public for patience as the province works towards completing the arena, NSA president Cecilia Molokwane emphasised the urgency of providing the national federation with a permanent home as soon as possible.

"We’re not concerned about the exact location of the arena; what matters is that it will be constructed here in Gauteng to meet all our requirements," Molokwane told SABC Sport.

"Netball South Africa deserves a dedicated home, as promised by the President, and Gauteng will fulfil that promise. Our vision is for netball to transition into a professional sport, not only on the court but also with a permanent facility. 

"We have full confidence that Gauteng will deliver on its commitment and make this dream a reality."

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