May 04, 2010
The Peter Mokaba Stadium is a newly constructed stadium and is named in honour of one of South Africa’s most inspirational leaders, Peter Mokaba.
Born and bred in Polokwane, where the stadium is built, Peter Mokaba was active in the struggle against apartheid and also was appointed deputy minister of the environment and tourism in Nelson Mandela’s government, and served as a member of the South African parliament until June 1999.
Peter Mokaba passed away from a respiratory illness on June 9 2002.
The Peter Mokaba Stadium holds special significance from a historical viewpoint and with the local Baobab tree as its inspiration, the predominantly concrete construction has a steel structure supporting the roof plane, which is gathered together at each corner of the stadium and supported by giant ‘trunk’ structures which allow for vertical circulation ramps and service cores.
The Peter Mokaba Stadium was constructed right next to the old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in the Province of Limpopo and located around 5 kilometres from the city centre. The stadium can seat up to 45,000 people.
The following games will be played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
|Jun 25th||Paraguay||vs.||New Zealand||Polokwane||12:00am||Odds|
Polokwane is centrally located in the Limpopo Province and is surrounded by neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is the economic and cultural hub of Limpopo and is also the land of the upside down tree known as ‘Baobab’, which is the biggest tree in Africa.
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