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There were fears that the newly-built state-of-the-art Bela-Bela Stadium could be deteriorating into a White Elephant.
The stadium this week remained unused and continued to stand majestic on the premises of the township’s Bela Bela High School.
The official opening of the venue was recently once again delayed, due to vandalism.
This week Bela-Bela Local Municipality parks and recreation officer, Mike Suke, urged the community to stop vandalising the stadium.
He said incidents such as the theft of water pipes had delayed the official opening of the venue.
The most affected perhaps, was the Bela-Bela Sports Academy, which had identified Bela-Bela Stadium as a potential centre of excellence.
Academy founder Sam Modise lamented the delays, saying this affected youngsters who cried out for grassroots sports development.
Suke added that the problem of vandalism was so rife, with half of the perimeter fencing at the local cemetery ripped off, and stolen by vandals.
He said security was to be beefed up at both Bela-Bela Stadium and the graveyard.
24 days ago 26 January 2018