It’s the end of days for Telkom Park (Boet Erasmus Stadium). Picture supplied by the MBDA.
After many months of a protracted process to obtaining the permit or what is known in the sector as a demolition certificate, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal Agency can now proceed, clearing the way for the City to leverage this prime piece of land.
The process to demolish a structure of this size is fairly complex and drawn out due to the number of role player approvals involved, each with a set of criteria to be met. One such role player was the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs, whose approval is necessary to safeguard sensitive environmental considerations, such as the protection of the flood line. “A mandatory twenty-day period for possible public objections to the demolition was also required before the demolition process could be initiated” says Dorelle Sapere, Planning and Development Manager heading up the project.
MBDA Chief Executive Officer Ashraf Adam adds “The demolition is just one step of the process to freeing up this prime real estate for catalytic and transformative