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'2010 won't benefit all'

By unknown | Nov 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

"Let's be factual and tell people the truth. Not everyone will benefit from the 2010 World Cup. We need to tell the truth to people, so that they will not have false hopes."

This was said by eThekwini executive mayor Obed Mlaba in Durban yesterday.

Mlaba was addressing delegates during the 2010 strategic indaba at Durban's Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

He said a lot of hype has been created around the World Cup, which created the wrong impression that everyone would benefit.

"Be factual and don't raise unnecessary expectations. The truth of the matter is there are those who will benefit more than others and those that won't even benefit," said Mlaba.

Premier Sbu Ndebele said the World Cup's forthcoming preliminary draw on November 25 was the start of the province's setting pace.

He said the entire world would be fixing its eyes on the province as 204 nations would descend on Durban for the draw.

"Representatives from 204 of the 208 members of Fifa will be here, in what is going to be the first ever official 2010 Fifa event in South Africa and the first hosted in Africa.

"This is the largest event of its kind in the history of Fifa," said Ndebele.

Zweli Mkhize, MEC for finance and economic development, said the strike at the Moses Mabhida stadium was not a cause for concern.

Group consortium spokesman Craig Jessop said the workers' wage demands were unrealistic, saying their wages were high at almost double the prescribed minimum.


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