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Murray & Roberts / WBHO: Green Point Stadium bonanza for the construction industry throughout the entire country, lack of manpower was the single biggest reason for pooling resources. The two companies have collaborated together on previous projects, with Murray & Roberts- in the case of the Green Point Stadium- taking the lead on staffing. " Even then, it was difficult to get the trades people we needed," says Walsh, who himself was brought in from Ireland to work on the project. " We had to run on- site training schools to provide basic skills or upgrade the capabilities of semi- skilled artisans. But at times, finding two or three hundred carpenters or steel fixers was a resources nightmare. A lot of juggling was necessary." In the same way, raw materials were often in short supply. Construction steel for Green Point had to be imported from Kuwait and Poland and the project would have slipped considerably without having its own concrete batch plant on site. With the World Cup having government backing at the highest level, it's unlikely that protests would have been given serious consideration. Nevertheless, there was a fair degree of initial opposition- described as being of the ' soft' variety- about the location, cost and even the fundamental need for a new stadium, bearing in mind that Cape Town has Newlands, which some think could have been upgraded. The full gamut of statutory approval processes from environmental impact assessment, rezoning, consent use and building plan approval still had to be gone through. The Murray & Roberts / WBHO Joint Venture played a big part in swaying public opinion. " There probably isn't a school child in Cape Town who hasn't toured the stadium site," says Walsh. " Similarly, lobby groups were all invited January 10 www. bus- ex. com 33