BUFFALO CITY MAYOR HANDS OVER TWO FACILITIES TO CHIPPA TRAINING ACADEMY

Buffalo City Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Xola Pakati, has officially handed over two East London facilities to be managed by the Chippa Training Academy in a 20-year lease.

BUFFALO CITY MAYOR HANDS OVER TWO FACILITIES TO CHIPPA TRAINING ACADEMY

Buffalo City Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Xola Pakati, has officially handed over two East London facilities to be managed by the Chippa Training Academy in a 20-year lease.

The two facilities that are in the same precinct are the Buffalo City and Jan Smuts Stadiums with the official handover taking place at the multipurpose venues on Thursday.

In handing over the facility, Cllr. Pakati said: "I am proud to finally hand over this facility to the Chippa Training Academy where their ambition is to refurbish and commercialise the two adjacent venues. We would like to see these two venues generate a lot of windfall to our City."

In accepting the keys to the precinct, Chippa Training Academy Chairman Siviwe Mpengesi said: "We would like to have a commercially viable entity in the Eastern Cape. I would like to thank the City as well as our community for this opportunity.

"In the long term, our ambition is to be attracting all sporting and entertainment codes to be utilising both of these venues. Work will begin now."

Buffalo City Municipality Stars football team that plays in the ABC Motsepe SAFA regional league will also be one of the anchor tenants of the facility.

Buffalo City Stadium is the second largest venue in the province with a capacity of 16 000. It has hosted a number of high profile events that include the Springboks and Bafana Bafana international fixtures.

The Jan Smuts Stadium also has an athletics track that hosted a number of national meets.