Moses Mabhida Stadium - South Africa
Lifting and tensioning of cable net roof structure

Scope of work performed

Guying of temporary arch support towers

Support and tie back of arch during free cantilever erection

Lifting and tensioning of cable net roof structure


100 Strand Lifting Units SLU-120, SLU-220 and SLU-330


South African Football Association

Main Contractor

Pfeifer Seil- und Hebetechnik
Memmingen, Germany

VSL Entity

VSL Heavy Lifting Department, Switzerland



Project Description

Situated at the Indian ocean in Kwazulu - Durban is the second biggest city in South Africa. Like no other city it is representing the Rainbow Nation because of the strong indian community side by side with the black, coloured and white population. For the Soccer World Cup 2010 the new Moses Mabhida Stadium was built, providing space for more than 70,000 fans. Now the stadium is the second biggest in South Africa.

The roof structure of the new stadium is exceptional: the giant Y-shaped arch is representing the south african flag. VSL Heavy Lifting Switzerland was contracted from Pfeifer Seil- und Hebetechnik to support the installation of the huge Y-shaped arch and the cable net roof structure.

A deciding factor in building the ambitious structure was the ability to provide and install a tremendous amount of strand lifting equipment in time. The central control and monitoring system allowed to conduct an orchestra of 100 Strand Lifting Units according a score-like cable net stressing procedure.

VSL Heavy Lifting had been involved from the beginning in the design of temporary structures to create task-fit interfaces between permanent/temporary works and the proven lifting system.

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