27 July 2009
Just days after opening its 2010 Fifa World Cup volunteer programme, South Africa has already received more than 11 000 volunteer applications from the country, the continent and the rest of the world.
Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), told reporters after a meeting in Johannesburg last week that around 1 100 of these were from the rest of Africa and 1 500 from overseas.
“South Africans and other countries have responded very well to the programme, and we expect more applications before the closing date [31 August],” Jordaan said.
“This … clearly shows that people are looking forward to the event in which volunteers are significantly important. We are very impressed with the current number of applications.”
15 000 volunteers needed
A total of 15 000 volunteers are required, of which 10% must be from Africa, 10% international volunteers, and the rest from South Africa.
The volunteers are required in 16 functional areas including accreditation, marketing, media, protocol services, and transportation, administration, hospitality and spectator services.
The final 15 000 volunteers will further assist in welcome and information services, information technology, environmental services, language support, rights protection programme, logistic services and ushering services.
World Cup challenges
Last week’s LOC meeting, which aimed at discussing the challenges stressed out by Fifa president Sepp Blatter after the Confederations Cup last month, was also attended by Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.
Among the 2010 World Cup challenges discussed during the meeting were the transportation system, accommodation, legacy programme, logistics and security.
Stofile told reporters the meeting further discussed how best South Africa could improve in terms of transportation and the training of volunteers.
“Transport remains a mega challenge,” Stofile said. “After the Fifa Confederations Cup we were exposed, and we identified some challenges which need to be addressed as soon as possible.
“Therefore during the meeting we discussed how best we can improve our transportation system for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We will come up with possible strategies on how we can improve and manage transport and traffic congestion,” he said.