27 October 2009
Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa’s Limpopo province is 96% complete and will be officially opened in January, the 2010 provincial technical committee announced after a meeting in Polokwane this week.
“It is not surprising that Fifa and the Local Organising Committee in their recent visit were satisfied with our preparations,” said provincial 2010 co-ordinator Seipati Tlaka. “We are working as a team of winners.”
The stadium needs only some paintwork and final touches to the surrounding lawns before it is ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.
To prepare for an influx of tourists, Limpopo Tourism and Parks will train garage operators and taxi operators along the province’s main roads in both customer and foreign languages.
“This will assist in making sure visitors do not feel lost, and will enhance interpersonal engagements during the coming soccer showpiece,” Tlaka said. “In terms of readiness in disaster management, the Capricorn District added three fire-fighting vehicles to be delivered next month.”
Some 2 300 citizens also applied for the 2010 volunteer programme, and will start training in January.
Communications manager from the Limpopo coordinating unit, Naledzani Rasila, said mobile cellphone suppliers have been asked to strengthen their coverage in surrounding areas.
“Some of these areas are tourism attraction centres such as the Nwanedi Resort in the Vhembe district,” Rasila said.
Celebrations to mark the 200-day countdown to the 2010 World Cup will kick off on 22 November.