Sports Minister wants derelict Stadium managed privately
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By Rets’elisitsoe Khabo
Gender, Youth Sports and Recreation Minister Likeleli Tampane has submitted to Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro’s cabinet a proposal seeking the country’s national stadium that’s now dilapidated due to neglect to be run privately.
Yesterday, Tampane who is also the Democratic Congress’s Senqu constituency legislator said the proposal shall today be submitted to cabinet during a tour Setsoto Stadium.
Tampane was inspecting the state of Stadium in order to be abreast with means that could be deployed for improvements on the stadium to meet international standards.
She noted “the entire stadium needs to be renovated”
“I have now seen the situation at our only international stadium and it is embarrassing,” She said.
Tampane said the stadium is in disarrayed and needs to be cleaned on a regular basis.
She said the ministry has decided to reshape the management of the stadium and let it be run by the private sector.
Tampane said she is not pleased with how the stadium has been handled, with a lot of valuable equipment at the facility not serviced for a very long time and other equipment like computers has been reported as stolen.
Tampane exclaimed that there are nothing that in good condition at the Stadium.
Minister Tampane said she will hand over her ministry’s proposal seeking the stadium to be run by private companies to the cabinet today, 20th October 2020.
She said they decided to give the private sector a chance to run the stadium as they have realized that on their watch and management as the ministry, a lot of equipment does not get good care as it is supposed to.
She said the private sector that will be given the opportunity to manage the stadium will do that under the terms and conditions of the ministry.
She also emphasized that if the terms and conditions are not met by the company that will get the opportunity, their contract will be terminated with immediate effect and let others do the job.
Minister Tampane said even though they have decided to hand over the facility to private sector as it is, there are some short-term refurbishments that the ministry is going to do before the games of Likuena and Benin scheduled for next month.