Man­dela blocked out

Daily Mail - - Martin Samuel -­ly­

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.

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