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SA will deliver in time for 2010

by Bathandwa Mbola
on 18 Mar 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Government has once again assured the local and international community that South Africa will be ready in time to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"We are ready and on track," said Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhenkesi Sitofile on Tuesday, adding that FIFA and the 2010 Soccer World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) had indicated the same following a five-day inspection tour.

He said the tour to the world cup stadiums and host cities in February had provided evidence that preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and world cup were going full steam ahead.

Minister Sitofile was speaking during the handing over ceremony of the 2010 Mid-Term Government Report compiled by the 2010 FIFA World Cup Government Unit.

The state of readiness report provides feedback from various government departments as part of implementing 2010 FIFA World Cup government guarantees and obligations.

Among some of the major milestones included in the report, is the programme proceeding to meet the October 2009 deadline of stadia construction.

"At the end of 2007, all major construction projects were on track with varying stages of progress, but overall good success and preparedness for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009," the report said.

The capacity of South Africa to deliver the ten match stadia in good time has remained the focus of the media, local and international public.

Concerns raised by FIFA's agent, Match, as to whether South Africa's transport infrastructure would be in place to ensure seamless travel from places of accommodation to match venues, have since been addressed by the Department of Transport.

The report states that departments are addressing the slow progress in implementing transport infrastructure projects by increasing building capacity.

Government has spent over R20 billion in infrastructure as part of the larger spending programme towards the world cup.

At the briefing Deputy President Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted the escalating expenditure in the construction of stadiums.

"On the issue of cost, tax payers must rest assured that as government, we are looking at ways to curb escalating cost," she said.

According to the report the monitoring and evaluation of infrastructure projects in the host cities are going well and will be reinforced with the appointment a professional team of experts, who will be assisting the department in reporting progress, financial performance and troubleshooting areas of potential delays and maladministration. - BuaNews

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