Khumalo Hockey Stadium refurbishment on course

The Hockey Association of Zimbabwe has announced that the ship with the containers holding the new carpet for the Khumalo Hockey Stadium (KHS) is due to dock in Durban, South Africa, on Monday.

Chairman of the Hockey Olympic Qualifiers local organising committee Gavin Stephens said in a statement yesterday that the carpet should be delivered to Bulawayo by July 16.

“This will keep the project on course for commissioning by the end of July. It is understood that the Ministry of Public Works is rushing to meet the deadline, with their work schedule lagging behind.”

In response to a call from the Matabeleland Hockey Board (MHB), approximately 60-70 people arrived at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium on Saturday, July 2 2011.

About 20 of these were labourers from Petra School, Burger & McBean and Precast Concrete Products.

The other 50 were made up of hockey players, parents of hockey players, and members of general public.

The Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, David Coltart, arrived to lend his support, while both current and former national and provincial hockey players were also present.

There was a front-end loader which was loaned from Premier Engineering, free of charge, and an operator from Burger & McBean.

The MHB had sourced a donation of fuel and this machine was essential in the removal of the last few strips of the old turf, wrecked cars and an incredible amount of waste.

PPC Zimbabwe loaned a truck which moved the waste from the KHS to a registered dump, some 21 tonnes of rubbish left from Sports and Recreation Commission-sanctioned events at the KHS in the past five years!

The work that was done was to remove rubbish that had been stored in the corporate and broadcasting boxes of the KHS, and then clean the dirt from the rooms.


At the same time work was done mainly around the B field in terms of removing weeds and dirt from the drainage ducts and the pavement surrounding the fields.

On the A field people were involved in removing cut grass, removing grass from the pavement surrounding the pitch and cutting down of unwanted trees.

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