3 November 2009
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was impressed by Johannesburg’s 2010 World Cup legacy projects – including the Bus Rapid Transit system, a regional park, and two soccer stadiums – during a tour of the city over the weekend.
Motlanthe started his tour of the city by boarding a Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus at the Metro Centre in Soweto. The bus departed from the station via the Westgate and Soccer City terminals.
He said the trip had been an eye-opener. “I never thought that some day our transport system would operate so comfortable and efficiently. We must try to replicate it in other provinces.”
During his tour of Soccer City Stadium, which is 98% complete, he commended the contractors for a job well done and encouraged them to keep up the good work.
“I did not imagine that it was this beautiful, the work and design is well balanced. You’ve done us proud,” he told the construction workers.
Leaving a rich legacy
Motlanthe also visited the R17-million West Regional Park and Albertina Sisulu Multipurpose Resource Centre, before attending the Soweto Derby game between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.
He said that hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ would leave a rich legacy for South Africans and ensure that people continue to benefit from the event long after the fans had left.
“Legacy projects will ensure that people benefit from economic investment after the World Cup,” he said, adding that he was looking forward to returning, not for a tour of the projects, but to interact with the community.
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka said he was satisfied with the progress made so far in the various projects. “We are on course … The legacy to be left after the tournament will be enjoyed for a long time to come,” he told BuaNews.
He said South Africa had showed the world that the country could rise to the challenge, adding that all the stadiums would be finished on time and that the country would be able to provide safe and reliable transport.
“Everyone is delivering, and the work will be done on time,” Shiceka said. “What is left is for the South African team to be able to deliver and make us proud.”