• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer
+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471
• Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer
+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524
• Jermaine Craig, media manager
Local Organising Committee
+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121
• Tyrone Seale
GCIS 2010 Project Management Unit
+27 83 575 7440
The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has launched its 2010 Fifa World Cup website on a mobile platform, allowing fans access to football information from their mobile phones.
The official government 2010 mobisite is a handy mobile service that gives fans access to host city and stadium information, Park and Ride/Walk locations, tourist information, Fifa Fan Fests and public viewing areas.
It also includes the match schedule together with updates on match results and news.
Government spokesman Themba Maseko said the mobisite can also be accessed by sending an SMS with the keyword 2010 to the number 34747.
Alternatively people can simply type the address – http://m.sa2010.gov.za – into their mobile browsers.
“By extending the sa2010.gov.za website onto a mobisite, fans both locally and internationally can access a host of information about the World Cup directly from their mobiles, from wherever they are,” he said.
The mobile site is continually updated, said Maseko, ensuring that fans are kept up to date with all the latest World Cup news. They can also explore government’s involvement in the first Fifa World Cup on African soil.
“Those with mobiles that cannot access the mobile web, can still access essential information through dialling *120*12010# from anywhere in South Africa,” said Maseko.
“The mobisite is packaged into three easy-to-use sections: SA 2010 Fan Guide, Information and SA communities.
“The site facilitates two-way communication between government and the people using the service, and aims to supply interesting content, along with useful location-relevant information for wherever they are in South Africa.”
While use of the site is free, data charges do apply. It costs 20 cents (3 US cents) for 20 seconds on the USSD menu with the SMS service costing R2 (US$2.6).