The Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lille
The President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Mr Tobi Titus
Thursday, 14 March 2012
We are pleased to announce today that the City of Cape Town and the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) have agreed to enter into formal exploratory talks to discuss the potential move of the WPRFU to the Cape Town Stadium.
Now that agreement has been reached to start formal discussions, both the City and the WPRU will establish a number of technical teams to deal with a range of issues that need to be resolved before a possible move can be considered.
The City’s primary department in managing these discussions will be Tourism, Events and Marketing department, as Cape Town stadium is one of six strategic assets that fall under their authority.
We understand that there is a great deal of public interest in this matter and we therefore undertake to keep the public informed of any major developments related to this process.
However, in the interim and in the best interests of the process, we ask that the technical teams are given the necessary space to complete their work.
These discussions come at a time that the Cape Town Stadium is experiencing one of its busiest periods since the Fifa 2010 World Cup, with three large events being held at the Stadium over the coming weeks.
The City remains committed to doing all that is possible to make this world class asset truly sustainable and accessible to all Capetonians and we are grateful for the constructive spirit in which the WPRFU has agreed to enter into these talks.