2010 FIFA SOCCER WORLD CUP BENEFITS TAKEN TO LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES
- Monday, 09 March 2009
Days and hours to host 2010 FIFA World Cup are counted and not more than 457 days are left for the people of the Province, the country and the continent to witness this event taking place on their soil for the first time. FIFA Soccer World Cup is one of the biggest events that take place once after five years and hundreds of countries compete for the hosting status. No one can afford to miss this event as it may come back to Africa after a century or not coming back at all.
The Provincial 2010 FIFA World Cup Technical Committee met on the 03 March 2009 to assess the readiness of the host city, Polokwane and the Province to host the event. It was found that Limpopo will be able to host all four games on the 13, 17, 22 and 24 June 2010 and other major events beyond. This follows the satisfactory progress reports from different sub-committees presented on the day. The meeting also focussed on the establishment of Public Viewing Areas throughout the Province.
FIFA has approved only one fan park for Limpopo (Polokwane-Host City), which will be constructed by the Polokwane Municipality. This is meant for people who may not be able to get into the stadium and also to provide games on screen even if the games take place in other districts and provinces. To assist people from all over the province, there will be Public Viewing Areas (PVA’s) to be established in different municipalities to make sure people staying away from the city enjoy the games. In these PVA’s, local municipalities will also come up with strategies to make sure local communities benefit.
Public Viewing Areas will be visited free of charge. Big screens will be placed and connected so as to show all 64 games irrespective of where they are taking place. Nationally there will be 47 public viewing areas that will be supported by the National government. District Municipalities were afforded an opportunity to identify one (1) possible public viewing area each and this will be funded as national priority. Districts and municipalities are also being engaged to select other public viewing areas in different municipalities.
The following areas have been identified and confirmed by districts as areas of public viewing sites:
|Vhembe||Musina||Lesley Manyathela stadium|
|Mutale||Mutale Town Hall|
|Waterberg||Mogalakwena Municipality||Bakernburg Sport Complex|
|Lephalale||Shongwane Sport Centre|
|Mopani||Greater Tzaneen||Nkowankowa stadium|
|Greater Giyani||Giyani Stadium|
|Aganang||Cornelia Sports Centre|
|Sekhukhune||Tubatse||Ntwambi Sport Ground|
|Elias Motsoaledi||Hlogotlou Sport complex|
SABC and Eskom are partnering with Provincial government and District municipalities in making sure the identified areas are necessarily equipped. The role of the SABC is to ensure that identified public viewing areas have signals that will enable soccer fans to watch games on their screens.
Eskom will provide electricity to public viewing areas that will be found not having power while the Department of Roads and Transport will look at roads infrastructure.
Polokwane Municipality as the host for 2010 World Cup are also invited to provide district municipalities with information on volunteerism programmes for 2010 World Cup. This is in line with the idea of making the 2010 the event of the whole province.
During 2009 Confederation Cup other public viewing areas will be utilised as pilot projects and in Limpopo, Nkowankowa Stadium has been confirmed.
The infrastructure to be put in preparation for 2010 will mark a great development even beyond the games. These will be legacy projects not to be forgotten by people of the Province. The province has also developed districts road shows’s plan to take place during the month of April. These are aimed at outlining economic opportunities to be derived from the 2010 event to all the people of the province. Mopani will be the first to host the roadshow on 18 March. It will be followed by Vhembe on March 20. Then the focus will be on Sekhukhune on March 23 and Capricorn on the 27th March.
Ke Nako! Celebrate Africa’s Humanity
Compiled and issued by the Provincial 2010 Coordinating Unit
For Information contact:
Mr Pandelani Ramagoma
Provincial 2010 Co-ordinator
Tell: 015 287 6043
Cell: 082 461 1432