The first phase of a facilities upgrade at Mthatha Airport in South Africa has begun ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The $7.4m (R56m) project will involve upgrading the airport terminal’s roof and fencing.

A lighting upgrade is complete and has been inspected by the South African Civil Aviation Authority with night rating approval pending.

Tikanedywili Construction and Makole Business Enterprise, the Lodumo / Alamo project joint venture and Intellec Construction will carry out the upgrade project, which is expected to be complete by May 2010.