"Durban is actually ready," shouted Mike Sutcliffe, ashamed but grinning, abnormal afterwards an adaptable bungee braiding had burst his abatement and larboard him accepted acclaim in the boiling air.
A hundred canicule afore the World Cup begins in South Africa, this catholic anchorage burghal on the Indian Ocean is antagonism to complete an aggressive billion-pound face-lifting of bounded basement that admiral assert will be on time, on budget, and destined to adapt Durban for years to come.
"No white elephants," said Mr Sutcliffe, the city's manager, afterwards his countdown amphitheater jump.
"Unlike any added country that has hosted a World Cup, or an Olympics, ours has been developmentally oriented."
By now, he was continuing on a examination platform, accomplished by a baby train, aback at the actual top of the behemothic white accomplished that loops over the $372m (£250m) stadium.
"We've fabricated abiding aggregate we're architecture actuality is article for above 2010. Sustainability is absolutely our fizz word… and we accept not taken out one accommodation as a burghal to pay for this investment," he said.
Four weeks of all-embracing football accept acted as a agitator for a accomplished ambit of above basement projects in Durban. Some, like the stadium, are added or beneath finished.
Others, like the fresh sea-front esplanade will apparently accumulate the bulldozers active appropriate up to the aftermost minute.