Mandela blocked out
NELSON Mandela Square in Johannesburg’s Sandton district is a centre of conflict after landlords allowed FIFA sponsors Sony to build an eyesore structure dominating the landmark hub of the World Cup.
The Sony promotion, for which they paid Liberty Properties more than £2million to be in residence during the tournament, is to showcase 3D technology. Owners of restaurants, including the famous Butcher Shop, are up in arms about the venue blocking views of the square, especially the Mandela statue, but fierce opposition from traders has carried no weight.
Julie Hillary, Sandton Liberty Properties general manager, said: ‘It’s not just about the money. Sony wanted to do something special and it will prove to be a major visitor attraction.’ HEAD lad Stuart Messenger received a name check from trainer Sir Michael Stoute for his role in preparing Workforce for a superb Derby victory. Two days later Messenger was in Bury St Edmunds magistrates’ court answering a charge of ABH after allegedly assaulting his partner, Lee Saunders, last April. He received conditional bail until July 19, allowing him to deal with Workforce before his next race.