2 September 2009
A total of 67 999 people from 170 countries have applied to become volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with an average of 1 600 applications being received each day between 20 July and 31 August.
2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Danny Jordaan said the programme proved to be hugely popular: “We are honoured by the incredible response we have received from around the world,” he said.
Strong foreign response
According to the LOC, there was a strong response from outside of South Africa, with Nigerians showing great interest with the highest number of applications (750) from outside of the host country.
The United States followed with 554 applications, while Brazil was close behind with 489. Zimbabweans registered 449 applications, while Italy managed an impressive 414.
Other African countries that responded were Cameroon with 375, the Democratic Republic of Congo with 109, and Lesotho with 106.
Locally, with two World Cup stadiums, Johannesburg came in with the most applications, receiving a total of 16 280 applications for Soccer City and Ellis Park.
Pretoria received 8 496 applications, followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay with 7 365, Cape Town with 5 998, and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province and Rustenburg in North West province coming close behind with 5 781 and 5 558 applications respectively.
eThekwini/Durban received 5 148 volunteer applications, followed by Polokwane in Limpopo province with 5 503, and Mangaung/Bloemfontein in Free State province with 4 371 applications.
The LOC said that most volunteers had applied to provide administrative support for the tournament, as well as hospitality and ushering services, fan park services, and information technology and telecommunications.
In order to assist with hearing-impaired spectators, 83 volunteer hopefuls have applied to work in sign language support.
The next step is for the applications to be screened, with the interview process beginning in December. Overseas volunteers will be interviewed by teleconference, while host city interviews will be conducted simultaneously at venues in each city.
Once the final selections have been made, the volunteers will then be trained in their respective fields before the World Cup kicks off.