The Premier Soccer League (PSL) match between title chasers Kaizer Chiefs and relegation threatened Moroka Swallows, scheduled to be played at FNB Stadium on Saturday, has been postponed. The PSL said in a statement on Thursday that cables had been stolen at the stadium and as a result there was no power at the venue, which hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup final. A new date for the match is expected to be announced shortly. "There was theft of cables in the vicinity of the stadium which caused a power surge which has blown the floodlights and cut off all the other power at the stadium," PSL spokesperson Altaaf Kazi told Reuters on Thursday. "The cables were not stolen from inside the stadium," PSL chief operations officer Ronnie Schloss told the Times newspaper. "They were probably stolen from a manhole dug out somewhere closer to the stadium, and that affected the power going into the venue. It is going to take some time to get the stadium ready again - perhaps just over a week." The decision to postpone the match was taken on Thursday morning, Jacques Grobbelaar, CEO of Stadium Management SA, which manages FNB stadium, said to the Times. "We started testing stadium systems and we realised we were experiencing spikes in the power supply and ... the moment you get a spike the generators kick in. But if you get two or three spikes, you can damage the generators," he said. "So we took the decision, in order to prevent longer-term serious damage, to take two or three days longer and do the necessary maintenance. "We're talking about a R3.3-billion asset here. It's very important to protect the integrity of that asset for future generations." Grobbelaar refused to comment on how much the postponement would cost, but said "you have to make the right decision, not always for commercial reasons". The stadium will be fit to host the U2 music concert that is scheduled for next weekend. He said that almost half of the wiring that needed to be replaced was changed on Thursday and stadium authorities will take steps to stop cable theft. "It is a phenomenon in South Africa. I'm not looking to other parties to deal with it, we're going to extend activity into the precinct by putting out 24-hour patrol vehicles," he said to the Times.
|Crime Category:||Stolen - Other|
|Address:||Soccer City Stadium|
|Crime Date/Time:||4 Feb 2011, 00:02 AM|
|Reported Date:||4 Feb 2011, 11:02 AM|