The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentary Opposition has been waiting since November last to receive critical information pertaining to the development of the Durban Park area into a major public venue.
This is according to Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira who pointed out that there is a complete lack of transparency on the Durban Park initiative.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Teixeira said there has been absolutely no disclosure on the undertaking, including the amount of taxpayers’ money being expended, how the contracts are being awarded, and who they are being awarded to.
She also argued that while there is an artist’s sketch of what the area will look like after construction, Government is yet to make public the concrete design of the recreational arena.
Though construction works are still ongoing, Durban Park hosted its first National Event – the Republic Day Flag Raising Ceremony on February 23.
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in full in time for the Independence Day celebrations on May 26.
The first phase includes uprooting the overburden and replacing it with sand and loam to enable construction of drains and pathways and the installation of floodlights.
The second phase will include the installation of nine ponds and seating facilities such as benches and bleachers.
Upon full completion, the Park is expected to have a capacity of 30,000 persons; both seated and unseated, and will be able to accommodate literary events, concerts, sporting activities and other public events.