The construction of the multi-million rand softball stadium at Polokwane, Limpopo has come to an abrupt stop. 

SABC News is reporting that the contractor wanted more funds as there was a shortfall due to escalating costs.

The workers downed tools in September 2022. It is being reported that the contractor experienced a shortfall of R11 million and did not have the funds to complete the project.

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Polokwane Municipality Mayor, John Mpe has told the SABC that the cost of materials increased over time. This subsequently affected the contractor’s ability to complete the stadium.

Construction of softball stadium in Limpopo halted
Limpopo Softball Stadium construction site

“In terms of the stoppage, there have been engagements with the contractor,” he said. 

“The contractor wanted the escalating process, and the fact that after COVID things went skyrocketing in terms of material, the contractor wanted to apply for the variation that was more than 20%.”

Construction at the R 90 million project began in 2021, and R51 million has already been spent so far. 

Construction of softball stadium in Limpopo halted
Inside the Limpopo Softball Stadium


Mpe says construction will resume in the near future as they are contracting a new company.

“In a matter of thirty days, the contractor should be on-site. During the month of June, during the State of City Address, we will make an announcement about the continuation of the project.”

The stadium is earmarked to be the largest softball stadium in the country. The five-diamond softball stadium is also aimed at positioning Polokwane as a world-class sporting hub. It is situated next to the New Peter Mokaba Stadium, opposite the Peter Mokaba Netball Court. 

Over 100 workers who are employed for the project are now jobless.