South Africa‘s government has added a further R2-billion to the kitty set aside for building the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums and related infrastructure, bringing the total allocation to R19,4-billion, it announced on Wednesday.

The previous amou nt committed to the stadiums was R8,4-billion, and cost increases caused the National Treasury to assign an additional R1,2-billion, it said in its 2008 Budget Review.

“Stadium construction is progressing rapidly, with all projects ahead of schedule,” it stated. “As a result, an additional R1,9-billion was brought forward from 2008/09 by means of a special adjustments appropriation in 2007.”

Government had allocated R9-billion to public transport projects related to the World Cup.

The Treasury said that the Department of Communications would receive an extra R300-million to fund information and communications technology infrastructure at stadiums in time for the tournament.

It also allocated State-owned ICT firm Sentech an additional R257-million for the digitisation of television broadcasting.

In an attempt to mitigate the negative effects that South Africa’s abnormally high crime rate might have on the World Cup, government said it would inject R640-million into the police force to deploy 31 000 police officials who will perform security functions during the event.

PUBLICATION: Engineering News
AUTHOR: Matthew Hill
DATED: 20th February 2008