Visit of the wallonian delegation to the Durban stadium07/04/2016

You might remember that South Africa was the proud host of the Football World Cup in 2010, the 1st African country to organise this competition.

Impressive stadiums were built from scratch and one of these is the Moses Mabhida stadium located in Durban, a few steps away from the Indian Ocean. Until mid-2000, Durban was a vibrant city but relatively neglected and only attracting local tourists. Infrastructures were let down and the city needed a serious revamp. That is exactly what happened when it was chosen to host a few matches during the World Cup. The seafront was totally redesigned and extended. Best of all, a brand new stadium was built in the North of the city, but within walking distance from the beach front.

The result is spectacular: a modern and contemporary stadium, with an immense arch that is dominating the pitch from a height of over 100 metres. Best of all, the lights that are illuminating the arch have been installed by a company, BEKA Schréder, the subsidiary in South Africa of the Liège-based company Schréder. This arch has got lights on both sides, over the entire length, with almost 1km of BEKA's LED beam, which consists of 1236 individual segments. At night, the result is very impressive to say the least. It is one of Schréder’s most iconic realisations in Africa. Needless to say that when Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of AWEX, visited the stadium in February this year with colleagues and journalists, she was very impressed and admired this unique piece of architecture, with a Belgian touch to it!