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Sat 14 Oct 2006 12:00 AM

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World Cup stadia to get underway amid cost concerns

Construction of five new stadia for the 2010 World Cup will begin in January next year.

Four existing stadia will also be used for the event, which is the first World Cup to be staged in Africa, and another will be extensively refurbished.

The government has allocated US $1.06 billion (ZAR8.3 billion) to the projects – more than three times the $293 million estimate made in 2004, when the country won its bid.

There has been widespread criticism of the increasing costs and questions over what will happen to the new stadia after the event.

At the moment, the country’s domestic league struggles to attract full gates during weekend matches.

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