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September 30, 2009

Cape Town on track for World Cup

Cape Town’s preparations for the 2010 World Cup are running according to schedule, according to the city’s communications director, Pieter Cronje.

Southern African Tourism Update, a website for tour organisers, reports that Cronje told the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) that the Green Point Stadium was 80% complete and would be completed by December 14, 2009.

Cronje said that South Africa was expecting 450 000 visitors for the World Cup, and that 360 000 of these visitors were expected to visit Cape Town.

The success of the event would depend on standards of service and the hospitality of ordinary Capetonians, he said. “If we get that right, the benefit will be repeat visitors and overseas investment.” 

According to Cronje, R11.4-billion of public-sector funds and public enterprise investment in Cape Town has been spent on upgrading the airport, the rail network and stations, the Grand Parade, the Athlone and Philippi stadiums and the Green Point Common. He added that at least eight hotels had been built ahead of the World Cup.

Cape Town has made security a top priority during the 2010 World Cup. To ensure that all tourists are kept safe during the event, the South African Police Service has combined forces with metropolitan, provincial and private security firms to provide increased security and safety.

Cape Town is hosting the final draw for the World Cup in just over two months, determining the match order for the 32 participating teams. This determines where teams and fans will base themselves for the duration of the World Cup and so it is key that host cities’ preparations are on schedule.

Held at the International Convention Centre, the draw will be televised to 130-million people worldwide – the world’s eyes will be on Cape Town. People who will be in the Mother City for the event will be able to watch the draw on a big screen at a public viewing in Long Street.

Other events to keep an eye out for over the 2009 festive season in Cape Town are:

The switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street on November 29, 2009 – this year will have a 2010 World Cup theme.
The opening of the Khayelitsha Football for Hope community centre.
The launch of Sony FIFA Pitch at the V&A Waterfront.

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