South Africa and the Western Cape can and will host the best 2010 Fifa World Cup yet.

That’s according to Dr Laurine Platzky, head of the provincial government’s 2010 team. Platzky said preparations for the soccer spectacular were in full swing, and that the provincial government was ready to start implementing its years of planning.

“It’s now time for implementation and delivery. There will be no delays.”

She said the province’s main projects, which include upgrades to Hospital Bend, the Koeberg Interchange and Granger Bay Boulevard, were all on track.

“Work at the stadium is going well and we are confident it will be complete by December 2009.”

She said there was also excitement and development in the youth sector, in sport development and in the tourism industry.

“Safety and security are also among our key focus areas.”

But Platsky made it clear that the developments were also about the lasting legacy for generations to come.

Pieter Cronje, spokesperson for the city’s 2010 committee, said the main objectives were to host a successful semi-final match, and to give spectators and visitors a safe and fun time in the Mother City.

“We will see an improved transport system, jobs would have been created and sporting facilities and stadia upgraded and built.”

PUBLICATION: (Cape Argus) (Page 4)
AUTHOR: Clayton Barnes
DATED: 13th November 2008