Saturday, August 29, 2009

A walk along the refurbished promenade of Green Point, Sea Point and Bantry Bay

You can walk safely all the way from the V&A Waterfront to Camps Bay along the beach front promenade its a great walk or jog , to people watch or just chill out and enjoy the city and the stunning scenery

In my photos you see how quiet the promenade was. I guess it was partly because it is Ramadan and at this time (late afternoon) people are busy cooking and preparing for Iftar This is also where allot of Muslims come from across the city when the Ramadan is close to the end, awaiting the appearance of the new moon

I started off, after a pretty good mezze and a glass of wine at the Greek restaurant in Green Point, opposite the light house and walked to Bantry Bay and back it took me 2 and half hours with frequent stops to watch and admire the surfers or to take photos

Click on the image to see the Green Point light house

New paving

The promenade is still being refurbished for 2010, new railings in places along the sea wall, new paving etc and its looking very good

My favourite shot of this lot

Compare the facade progress in the last 10 days

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A windless day left a layer of smog around Cape Town today

Friday, August 28, 2009

Midnight shots New 2010 Soccer World cup stadium in Cape Town, South Africa

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Work is going on at all sides of the stadium, its as hectic as during the day

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Incredible activity on the new 2010 Soccer stadium in Cape Town, South Africa

Click on photo to see many men working high up, on the facade
The clock is steadily ticking away another day gone, another day closer to D day, when on December 14 the stadium will be officially handed over by the contractors to the City of Cape Town.

Monday, August 24, 2009

2010 Green Point Stadium construction cranes to come down soon

Green Point Stadium set against the pink sky of a lingering sunset

The numerous construction cranes towering over the Green Point Stadium construction site that have become a familiar sight over the last two-and-a-half years, will soon be coming down as the stadium nears completion. At the height of construction there were 21 tower cranes and 15 mobile cranes dotted around the stadium as builders worked day and night to keep to the tight construction deadline.

Some of the cranes were up to 80 metres above the ground.
There are now only seven tower cranes surrounding the stadium, as all the major concrete work has been finished, and the roof is nearly complete. Construction of the exterior facade of the stadium and the finishes is currently underway - including seating, lighting, cabling, VIP suites, external cladding, and media and IT facilities.

The remaining cranes will be coming down between the end of August and mid-September, says project director Andrew Fanton of the joint venture contractors, Murray & Roberts/WBHO.
"The cranes had become quite a feature in Green Point, but in their place we've put a brand-new stadium," he said.
The crane operators – including the country's only female crane operator, Zoliswa Gila, who was chosen to present President Jacob Zuma with a pair of gold-coloured soccer boots when he visited the stadium for the one-year countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ – will all be "remobilised to other projects," Fanton said.

But while the cranes may be coming down soon, there are still 1 800 workers on the construction site according to Fanton. This will be steadily reduced as work is completed. Over 2 500 workers have been employed on the project.
As contractors and equipment gradually move off site, space around the stadium is being freed up to allow for paving and landscaping.

Construction on the 68 000 seat stadium started in March 2007, and is on track for handover to the City of Cape Town on December 14, 2009.
"We are on track to complete the roof as per our schedule, and we are targeting to finish everything else by the 14 December handover," Fanton said

by Martin Pollack 2009/08/24

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Brand new 2010 Soccer stadium in Cape Town, as seen from the Milnerton lagoon beach

We had super weather on sunday and more of the same for the next few days !
From here the stadium looks tiny
and it certainly doesn't detract from the beauty of the landscape, as lots of people had feared
This was from the beach near the Wang Thai restaurant a favourite of mine