KwaZulu-Natal will meet all deadlines and obligations for the much-awaited Soccer World Cup, the provincial government said on Thursday.

Addressing editors on the province’s readiness for the soccer tournament, Premier Sbu Ndebele said the 2010 projects were well on track.

This included the R6-billion Moses Mabhida Stadium, the new King Shaka International Airport and the Dube Tradeport in Durban’s La Mercy area.

Ndebele allayed fears that the stadium was going to be a white elephant after the World Cup.

“The stadium will not be a white elephant post 2010. The stadium will incorporate a museum and a multimedia centre which will tell the story of the Zulu people and the people of KwaZulu-Natal.”

He urged people to use the World Cup to build national unity among all races.

“The World Cup gives us an opportunity to increase the size and activity of our economy, but also unite our people around a common goal,” said Ndebele.

The briefing was attended by members of the provincial cabinet including finance MEC Zweli Mkhize who gave a comprehensive report on projects that the province had undertaken in preparation for the soccer tournament. –

DATED: 12th February 2009