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The 2010 FIFA World Cup will expose South Africa and the continent to the world, optimise tourism and other developmental opportunities, promote soccer and foster pride and confidence in Africa.


<p>quick FAcTS Government Preparations</p> <p>SOUTH AFRICA IS READY TO HOST THE WORLDSouth Africa will deliver a world-class event that will forever change the perceptions of the international community, and also ensure a lasting legacy for the people of Africa. President Jacob Zuma, Republic of South Africa South Africa has not only made its mark on international sports fields, but has also successfully hosted a number of major international events. These include, among other things, the 1995 World Cup, 1996 African Cup of Nations, 2003 Cricket World Cup and the Indian Premier League in 2009. These events and the 2009 Confederations Cup demonstrate South Africas readiness to host the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. The 2010 FIFA World CupTM will expose South Africa and the continent to the world, optimise tourism and other developmental opportunities, promote soccer and foster pride and confidence in Africa. When the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa, it will be the culmination of years of dedicated effort, planning and commitment. Long after the last whistle has blown, South Africa and Africa will continue to reap the rewards of its investments in this tournament, which have catalysed huge developments.TM</p> <p>We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event we have no doubt that the World Cup will be a runaway success, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Republic of South Africa</p> <p>GOVERNMENT GUARANTEESBefore South Africa was granted the right to host the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, national government departments provided 17 guarantees to FIFA. Government has used these guarantees as the blueprint for its preparations for the tournament. Since being awarded the bid, a coordinated and concentrated effort has been made by all the relevant departments to achieve these undertakings.</p> <p>INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTThe South African Government is using the event to fast-track infrastructure development in the country and to provide a catalyst for regional and continental exposure and growth.</p> <p>All of South Africa has risen to the occasion to make this the best World Cup ever.</p> <p>1</p> <p>Stadium</p> <p>Nelson Mandela Bay</p> <p>2</p> <p>Bruce Sutherland City of Cape Town</p> <p>Green Point</p> <p>Durban</p> <p>Soccer City</p> <p>STADIUMSThe 2010 FIFA World CupTM will take place in eight of South Africas nine provinces. Ten stadiums are located in nine cities and will seat more than 570 000 people. popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Green Point Stadium has a 70 000-seating capacity. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium: Situated in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, the stadium was the first of the new stadiums to be completed and is already being used for various sporting events. It seats 50 000 people. Mbombela Stadium: The stadiums distinguishing features are the 18 supporting pillars that resemble giraffes. It is situated in Mpumalanga, which shares borders with Mozambique and Swaziland. Its seating capacity is 46 000. Peter Mokaba Stadium: The Peter Mokaba Stadium has a capacity of 46 000 seats and is located in Polokwane, Limpopo.</p> <p>New stadiumsSoccer City Stadium: This stadium, situated in Johannesburg, Gauteng, will host the opening and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. The stadium has a seating capacity of 94 700. Durban Stadium: This stadium is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal port city of Durban. It is a new landmark in Durban with a giant steel arch 105 m above the middle of the pitch. It has a seating capacity of 70 000. Green Point Stadium: Situated on the edge of the Cape Town city centre and behind the Peter Mokaba</p> <p>Mbombela</p> <p>Upgraded stadiums RoyalBafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, North West: seating capacity increased to 42 000. Loftus Versveld Stadium, Tshwane/Pretoria, Gauteng: seating capacity now 50 000. Free State Stadium, Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Free State: seating capacity increased to 45 000. EllisParkStadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng: seating capacity of 61 000.</p> <p>3</p> <p>TOURISMSouth Africa offers visitors scenic beauty, magnificent outdoors, a sunny climate and unique cultural and biological diversity. The hosting of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, which will attract hundreds of thousands of people to our shores, has provided the impetus for expanding the regional and local tourism sectors. Some of the initiatives that have been undertaken to make visitors experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable include: The Geographic Information System Mapping of all tourism products and related services, which will include graded accommodation establishments. This information is available on: www.tourism.gov.za or link directly to the maps on: www.touristmaps.co.za. Visitor information centres have been launched in Polokwane, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Nelspruit. Promoting service excellence through a project to train frontline service staff across all tourism-service points on service excellence. The 2010 Tourism Ambassador Programme, which will target approximately 15 000 volunteers for placement across host cities during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Language training: the Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, is facilitating the training of tourist guides in the official FIFA languages: Portuguese, Arabic, German and Italian.</p> <p>AccommodationBy October 2009, 46 972 rooms had been contracted by MATCH for official use by the FIFA family, delegates and affiliates. Of these, 31 371 were hotel rooms and 15 601 were non-hotel accommodation. There is a common understanding between government and tourism industry-players that inflating prices during the 2010 FIFA World CupTM will be detrimental to the sustainability of the industry beyond the event.</p> <p>ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICADuring the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, an estimated 450 000 ticket holders are expected to visit South Africa over a four-week period. The Department of Home Affairs is implementing special measures to ensure smooth access when entering and/or exiting South Africa. These include: Eventvisas: South Africa will be the first country in the history of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM to offer an event visa. The event visa will be issued to nationals travelling from non-visa exempt countries who are able to provide proof of purchase of a FIFA match ticket. These visas are issued to qualifying travellers at no cost. Security will not be compromised and all applicants will have to comply with the normal visa requirements. Accredited FIFA delegates will travel visa-free if they come from non-visa exempt countries.</p> <p>4</p> <p> Dedicated lanes: These lanes are designed to ensure that travellers arriving at our shores receive priority treatment. Advanced passenger processing: This is a pre-departure passenger screening process for all passengers and crew travelling by air into and through South Africa. It will facilitate the entry of bona fide passengers with minimum delay. Temporary joint border clearance: This will enable travellers to be processed within a controlled and secure colocated border facility when they enter South Africa. Immigrationliaisonofficers: This is a control measure that will ensure the validation of travel documents for authenticity at selected foreign airports of origin to identify undesirable individuals travelling to South Africa prior to their departure from the country of origin. The airline and immigration services at ports of entry will then be notified of any such individual en route to South Africa. Mobileborderunits: These will be available at land ports of entry where a high volume of visitors are expected during the tournament. Through these units, travellers will experience fast and organised service, reduced congestion, enhanced security and better monitoring of illegal activities at land border posts.Cape Town International Airport</p> <p>5Cape Town International Airport</p> <p>BORDER CONTROL COORDINATING COMMITTEE (BCOCC)The BCOCC is a mandated structure within government to coordinate activities at ports of entry. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is the lead agency and holds the Chair of the committee. A 2010 FIFA World CupTM Forum was constituted within the committee to coordinate efforts of member departments in processing people and goods coming into our country for the tournament. The list of prioritised ports of entry that was approved by the BCOCC Executive Committee consists of 12 airports, 13 land and four sea ports.</p> <p>Improvementstothetransportsysteminclude: An additional 1 500 buses will be made available. Over 2 000 train coaches are being refurbished. Major infrastructure upgrades are being implemented in airports in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. A new airport will open in April 2010 outside Durban. The accelerated transport investments will yield a lasting legacy of quality transport services, infrastructure and systems in the country, benefiting millions of South Africans. AccessintoSouthAfrica OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town. Durban International Airport, Durban. Beit Bridge Border Post (link with Zimbabwe), Musina, Limpopo. Lebombo Border Post (link with Mozambique), Mpumalanga. Durban Harbour, Durban. Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town.</p> <p>TRANSPORTGovernment is using the 2010 FIFA World Cup to improve South Africas transport system. Transport services and infrastructure are being designed to meet the efficiency, safety, quality and cost-effective requirements of the modern era, and will be accessible to all visitors and residents alike. A total investment of R13,6 billion has been allocated to improve public transportation systems. This is part of an overall investment of R170 billion in the countrys transport system over the five-year period from 2005/06 to 2009/10.</p> <p>PROTOCOL AND PORTS OF ENTRY MATTERSGuarantees binding on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for 2010 are that: no country will be excluded from participating in the 2010 FIFA World CupTM the national anthems of all participating countries will be played during the tournament and their national flags flown</p> <p>6</p> <p> protocol services will be provided at official government and 2010 FIFA World CupTMrelated events.</p> <p>SAFETY AND SECURITYThe millions of fans who will be in South Africa to enjoy the 2010 FIFA World CupTM can be assured of their safety. South Africas safety and security plan includes, among other things: Route security, specifically from airports into the cities and border security at ports of entry, including South Africas land, sea and air borders. State-of-the-art information and communications military technology will be used as well as a fleet of nearly 40 helicopters. Courts will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure access to justice during the event. Plans are in place to address terror threats, hooliganism and crime. The South African Police Service (SAPS) is spending R640 million on the deployment of 41 000 officers specifically for the event. These include 31 000 permanent members and 10 000 police reservists. The majority of the police deployed for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM will be trained officers with experience in major events.</p> <p> Each of the 32 qualifying countries competing in the event will be invited to send their own specially trained police officers to assist with language and cultural differences and to support the SAPS. Interpol will be setting up an office in South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM.</p> <p>ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICEA key area for the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development will be to deal with all criminal cases in a fast and efficient way, especially where foreigners are involved. The following special measures will be implemented: At least one dedicated district court and one regional court will be set up per host city to deal with 2010-related cases for the period 28 May to 25 July 2010. Dedicated, skilled and experienced magistrates, prosecutors, Legal Aid South Africa attorneys, local and foreign court language interpreters and other court officials will be assigned to each of the dedicated 2010 courts. All 2010-related cases outside of the host cities will be prioritised and dealt with in a court with jurisdiction.</p> <p>DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND FIRE SERVICESThe 2010 Disaster-Management Master Plan was developed for joint implementation by the members of the 2010 National DisasterManagement Steering Committee.</p> <p>7</p> <p>The plan provides for the establishment of an operation centre for: receiving disaster-related information and incidents analysing the trends of incidents connecting the nine host cities and provincial disaster-management centres. The plan also provides for the: development of an active database with all the standard operation procedures recorded activation of a 24/7 national operation (command centre) where volunteers will be trained and deployed to provincial joint operation centres, provincial disaster-management centres and cluster joint operation centres placement of special operations experts to deal with specific incidents. Other preparations include: the deployment of 800 disaster-management and fire-services reservists in the host cities procurement of two multipurpose equipment caches, deployed in Gauteng and the Western Cape respectively, to deal with potential incidents around Urban Search and Rescue. An estimated R200 million has already been spent by host cities and provincial governments to improve fire-services infrastructure and capacity. There will be expenditure towards training specialists in hazardous material and how to respond to incidents involving chemicals and other dangerous substances.</p> <p>HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICESAll players, officials, visitors, support staff and vendors attending the various events will have access to adequate and appropriate health and medical services. Medical teams will be strategically positioned throughout each stadium and its precinct. The Department of Health has established various working groups, focusing on such areas as emergency medical services (EMS), on-site medical centres (event venue and VIP hotels), aero-medical services, disaster and mass casualty planning and biochemical defence. Key deliverables that are being addressed to meet governments guarantees to FIFA include: EMS hospitals preparation port health at all ports of entry to South Africa environmental health services (including food control) communicable disease control FIFA fan parks and public viewing areas forensic pathology forensic clinical medicine health promotion to communicate prevailing health circumstances (e.g. H1N1) chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats service provision. In the interest of protecting public health, it remains a priority of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to ensure that animals and plants are disease-free. Inspe...</p>