With less than 500 days to the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup, the Provincial 2010 FIFA World Cup Technical Committee met earlier on this month to assess the readiness of Polokwane and the province to host the event.

According to provincial 2010 coordinator, Mr Pandelani Ramagoma, it was found that Limpopo will be able to host all four games as planned, which will take place on 13, 17, 22 and 24 June 2010 as well as other major events beyond this period. “This follows the satisfactory progress reports from different sub-committees presented on the day. The meeting also focussed on the establishment of public viewing areas throughout the province.”

Fifa has approved only one fan park for Limpopo (Polokwane), which will be constructed by the Polokwane Municipality.

This is meant for people who may not be able to get into the stadium and also to provide games on screen even if the games take place in other districts and provinces.

To assist people from all over the province, there will be public viewing areas (PVA) to be established in different municipal areas to make sure people who are not in Polokwane can enjoy the games.

At the PVAs, local municipalities will come up with strategies to make sure local communities benefit, Ramagoma said. “PVAs will be visited free of charge. Big screens will be placed and connected so as to show all 64 games irrespective of where they are taking place.”

Nationally there will be 47 public viewing areas that will be supported by the national government. District municipalities were afforded an opportunity to identify one possible PVA each and this will be funded as a national priority.

Districts and municipalities are also being engaged to select other PVAs in different municipalities.

The following areas have been identified and confirmed by districts as areas of public viewing sites: Lesley Manyathela stadium in Musina, Makhado showground in Louis Trichardt, Malamulele stadium in Thulamela; Mutale town hall in Mutale, Bakenburg Sports Complex in Mogalakwena, Bela-Bela showgrounds in Bela-Bela, Shongwane Sports Centre in Lephalale, Nkowankowa stadium in Greater Tzaneen, Giyani stadium in Greater Giyani, Namakgale stadium in Phalaborwa and Senwabarwana showground in Blouberg.

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DATED: 17th March 2009