Mbombela Stadium



The Mbombela Stadium is one of the newly-built stadia for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and it takes its name from the local municipality which incorporates the city of Nelspruit.

Mbombela is siSwati (one of the 11 official languages in South Africa) and literally means ‘many people together in a small space.’

The stadium, with a capacity of 40,911, is located in the city of Nelspruit in Mpumalanga Province.

The stadium design reflects its inter-relation with the nearby Kruger National Park. The signature feature of the stadium are the 18 roof supports that resemble giraffes. The seats are patterned with zebra stripes. Visitors to the venue can easily add on a side-trip to the game reserve.
The Mbombela comes as a welcome addition to football life in Nelspruit, and will leave a legacy of the beautiful game for all the people of Mpumalanga. Before the Stadium’s construction, Nelspruit had no top football venue to host international matches.
The stadium is the centerpiece of a proposed wider sports precinct with athletics and cricket as well as other sporting codes. The R1,050-million sports facility was ready for use well ahead of the June 2010 World Cup kickoff and on 16 May 2010, the stadium was officially opened with an international friendly match between South Africa and Thailand. South Africa won 4–0.


World cup matches hosted

Date Time Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
2010-06-16 13.30 Honduras 0–1 Chile Group H 32,664
2010-06-20 16.00 Italy 1–1 New Zealand Group F 38,229
2010-06-23 20.30 Australia 2–1 Serbia Group D 37,836
2010-06-25 16.00 Korea DPR 0–3 Cote d’Ivoire Group G 34,763

With World cup safety concerns, and as with any location drawing enormous crowds, there is the constant threat of disruption of sporting fixtures or events and the persistent risk of public violence. It was therefore critical to ensure safety and security of all parties visiting the stadium and in order to achieve this, it was crucial to implement a quality, reliable and state of the art Video Surveillance System.

Mr Dudley Watson of Watson Mattheus Consulting Engineers in conjunction with SVR SA Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers were responsible for the design, tendering and awarding of the contract whilst Derek Alexander of Basil Reed JV was the Project manager responsible for the implementation and quality control . The design was confirmed after many months of careful manufacturer evaluations and eventually, Axis incorporating Milestone was the preferred product solutions for the Mbombela Multipurpose stadium. Mr Watson believes that the key driver was that Axis offers an open platform, non-proprietary solution at very competitive prices. As a partner, Axis is also able to provide local support and a thorough understanding of the unique requirements of a South African installation.

The Technology:

Video Surveillance

22121 Axis IP video Surveillance cameras

22Milestone video surveillance software

22Seamless Integrated Mapping software to assist operators with camera locations

223 Servers, 4 Workstation

22Viewing in 2 control rooms
22222 – 3 dedicated system operators for match/event days in the VOC room and
22222 – 1 operator for day to day activities in the security control room

22Remote connectivity for 3 SAPS JOC’s across the country to monitor on match day

22Only stadium in South Africa with full HD high speed dome cameras to monitor fans within the stadium

22Megapixel cameras at each turnstile to assist police with facial recognition.

The design was translated into a formal tender whereby suppliers recommended a number of certified system integrators whom were invited to submit their bids.

The tenders were evaluated on but not limited to:
1. Service delivery to other clients
2. Industry experience, ability to provide details on experience in retail
3. BBBEE with the most recent accredited BEE Certificate
4. Large IP Video Surveillance experience
5. Overall costs.
6. Value adds.


As a result of their complete offering and meeting of the criteria above we are proud to have chosen TVMS as our preferred supplier & integrator of the new security technology solution as well as maintenance service and event Specialised System Operator providers going forward.

In addition to the above and the successful deployment of the technology TVMS displayed:

22A focus on the value adds, including enabling Pavilion to obtain better equipment warranties i.e. 3 years)

22The use of a TVMS quality assurance program (Security Technology Standards Program: STSP)

22Its quality & expertise in large installations

22Honesty and its openness to involve the client in the discussion of solutions with its key suppliers

22Its credible relationship with world class service providers thus limiting the risk to the main stadium contractor

22Quality of their people

22Innovation & willingness to always keep us abreast of leading technology with free upgrades as well as free POC’s

22World class after sales service



The complete solution allowed security personnel to monitor crowd movements and respond immediately to possible threats thus ensuring a pleasant and incident free experience for fans, organisers and participants.
We are completely satisfied with the solutions deployed and have now provided greater safety & security for our patrons. We would therefore not hesitate to recommend TVMS to any organisation seeking the same results we have received.
Should you have you require any further information please contact the writer.

Dudley Watson

Watson Mattheus Consulting Engineers


Derek Alexander

Derek Alexander Basil Reed JV