31 May 2010
There will be aircraft in the skies around the clock to monitor traffic movements during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with co-ordination provided by a national command centre and information available via a 24-hour call centre and route-planning website www.findyourway.co.za.
With the kick-off to Africa’s first Fifa World Cup fast approaching, South Africa’s road and rail systems are ready to move the hundreds of thousands of fans that will be travelling countrywide.
The government has invested more than R40-billion to ensure that the country’s public transport infrastructure can handle the expected one-million African visitors and over 300 000 overseas fans, while leaving behind a rich transport legacy for South Africans.
The interactive website www.findyourway.co.za, featuring real-time route and traffic information, has been designed to help visitors plan their trips within and between the country’s nine World Cup host cities.
Real-time information will feed into the command centre to enable quick decision-making, responses to incidents and appropriate law enforcement on routes with high traffic volumes.
Major routes between host cities, airports, hotels, stadiums, fan parks, public viewing areas and other places of interest will receive priority attention.
Road, rail and bus routes have been massively upgraded to provide an integrated transport system. In the major centres, this includes a bus rapid transit system featuring special public transport lanes and interchange nodes for commuters to switch from one form of transport to another.
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has also upgraded its infrastructure, increasing mobility and accessibility for commuters during the tournament.
For intercity bus operations, a fleet of commuter buses provided by established operators in the business, as well as “midi-buses” provided by taxi operators, will provide an efficient service, with fleet usage dependent on demand.
The upgrades have steered South Africa towards the biggest transport infrastructure investment in its history, becoming at the same time a project of building national unity, generating hope and repositioning the country.
“It is not just about sport,” Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said recently. “It is now truly about Tran-sport.”