Five bids to run stadium

Port Elizabeth  - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from the air. Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald
Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from the air. Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

Rush to appoint new operator for a year

ITS current operator, a construction company and another manning Africa’s biggest stadium are in the running to bag the lucrative Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium management contract.

Five companies submitted bids to take over the running of one of the city’s biggest assets when Access Management’s contract expires at the end of next month.

Stadium Management South Africa, which runs Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, and Uitenhage company BM Machesa Construction were among the bidders.

Access Management is also vying to give the oneyear contract a bash, after more than six years of overseeing the stadium.

Searches for the two other companies, 3 Towers Facilities Management and Masale Management Group, yielded no results.

With just a few weeks before the existing contract expires, the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) – tasked with finding a new operator by the municipality – is pressed for time in appointing a stadium management team.

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