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Work re-starts on 2010 World Cup venues

Construction of World Cup 2010 stadiums in South Africa has resumed after striking workers voted to return to work.

The stadiums are Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela in Port Elizabeth, Peter Mokaba in Polokwane, Green Point in Cape Town, Mbombela in Nelspruit, Soccer City in Johannesburg and Mthatha.

Other projects that have been affected include the King Shaka International Airport, the Kusile project, Eskom’s Medupi project, the Coega project, the Livingston hospital and the Gautrain.

The strike ended after 50,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) voted to accept a 12% pay offer by the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec).

Said general secretary Frans Baleni: “The NUM remains committed to ensure that the country hosts a successful 2010 World Cup and to the timely completion of all projects.”

The NUM said it is committed to ensuring that the construction and civil engineering sector are transformed and that “we rid it of exploitation”.

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