Cape Town Stadium Soccer World Cup 2010

South African firms accused of contract collusion in building a 2010 World Cup stadium will pay R93 million in an out-of-court settlement. Picture: Twitter

SA firms to pay R93 million to settle 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium dispute

South African firms accused of contract collusion in building a 2010 World Cup stadium will pay R93 million in an out-of-court settlement.

Cape Town Stadium Soccer World Cup 2010

South African firms accused of contract collusion in building a 2010 World Cup stadium will pay R93 million in an out-of-court settlement. Picture: Twitter

Top South African firms accused of contract collusion to build a 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium in Cape Town are to pay almost $6 million (R93 million) in an out-of-court settlement.

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“WBHO, Stefanutti Stocks and Aveng Africa have engaged positively with the city of Cape Town and have reached an agreement to settle a dispute which dates back to 2014 and relates to the construction of the Green Point Stadium,” said a joint statement released through the city.

The settlement includes a payment of R31.3 million by each contractor, over the next three years.

After years of legal tussling, “it has been mutually agreed that it is in the best interests of all parties to amicably settle the matter rather than prolong an extended and costly arbitration and court process,” said the statement.

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South Africa poured R20 billion into the construction and refurbishment of 10 stadiums that were used for the tournament.

Five 2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums were built from scratch

Five of the venues were built from scratch, including the 95 000-seater Soccer City in Soweto, later renamed FNB Stadium, which hosted the opening and final matches.

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Twenty-one companies in 2014 admitted wrongdoing and paid settlements totalling R1.4 billion.

But WBHO, Stefanutti Stocks and Aveng Africa were among those who initially denied any misconduct.

South Africa’s competition watchdog said back then that dozens of firms had “colluded” over the megaprojects, in some instances allocating tenders among themselves and inflating costs.

By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse

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