Case Study

Moses Mabhida Stadium: Enhancing South Africa's Events Venue with SHEERFILL® II Architectural Membrane

Saint-Gobain Africa supplied more than 45 000 square metres of SHEERFILL® II architectural membrane to cover the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

Located in Durban, South Africa, the Moses Mabhida Stadium stands as an iconic landmark and a symbol of the country's sporting heritage. Named after a prominent anti-apartheid activist, the stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA® World Cup and has since become a versatile venue for various events. The stadium is the largest in the country and was a FIFA® World Cup in 2010 venue.

With a seating capacity of over 54,000, the stadium is a popular destination for sports enthusiasts and hosts a wide array of events, including:

Sports Events: The stadium continues to serve as a prime location for national and international sports competitions, including football, rugby, cricket, and athletics.

Music Concerts: Top artists from around the world grace the stage at Moses Mabhida Stadium, drawing crowds from different cities in South Africa.

Cultural Festivals: The stadium provides an ideal setting for hosting cultural events that showcase the vibrant diversity of South Africa's heritage.

Corporate Events: Many businesses and organizations opt for the stadium's impressive facilities to host conferences, exhibitions, and other corporate gatherings.

Tourism and Entertainment: As a prominent tourist attraction, the stadium offers guided tours and exhilarating adventure activities like the SkyCar ride and the Big Swing for adrenaline seekers.


SHEERFILL® II is an innovative architectural membrane used in the construction of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Developed by Saint-Gobain, a leading global materials company, SHEERFILL® II is a high-performance, translucent fabric membrane engineered to withstand various environmental challenges.

It is used as a roofing material for unique, major architectural projects and offers:

  •  an unparalleled service life (25 years or more)
  • as well as self-cleaning and non-combustible properties.

Key characteristics of SHEERFILL® II include:

Durability: The architectural membrane is designed to endure extreme weather conditions, including UV exposure, temperature fluctuations, and heavy rainfall, ensuring the stadium remains a reliable venue throughout the year.

Translucency: The membrane's translucent properties allow for ample natural light to filter through, reducing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours and creating an inviting ambiance for events.

Flexibility: SHEERFILL® II's flexibility facilitates creative and versatile architectural designs, enabling the construction of iconic structures like the stadium's impressive arch and canopy.

Energy Efficiency: With its ability to harness natural light, the membrane contributes to energy efficiency, reducing overall energy consumption and the stadium's carbon footprint.

Easy Maintenance: The low-maintenance nature of SHEERFILL® II ensures that the stadium's architectural integrity is upheld without significant upkeep costs.