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Today marks 500 days before the kickoff of the 2010 Fifa World Cup - the first to be staged on African soil.

The South African government has made more than R31billion available to support the preparations for the tournament. The money is being spent partly to honour the 17 guarantees the government made to Fifa.

The things that have been done will help accelerate our national development programme or to combat poverty and create work for the millions of South Africans

Indications are that SA is on course to host the best ever World Cup. The dress rehearsal for the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, will take place from June 14 to 28.

As this is also a major tournament in Fifa's calendar, we are proud to say our country has declared that the standards set for the World Cup will be tested during this eight-nation football showpiece.

The 2010 government coordinating unit is proud to report that all four 2009 stadiums will be handed over to the 2010 organising committee by the end of this month.

When the tournament commences we will be ready to transport the more than 400000 football fans who are expected in our country in next year.

The Department of Public Works is upgrading a number of sites at ports of entry including Lebombo, Golela and Skilpadhek. The repair and maintenance programme is implemented at Beitbridge, Maseru, Mananga and others at a cost of R497 million.

The Waterkloof Airforce runway is also being upgraded to serve as a landing strip for VIPs.

The Department of Communications and Sentech have signed an agreement for the installation of the satellite backup. Treasury has confirmed the budget allocation of R200 million for this.

There is also upgrading of One and Two Military hospitals.

The Department of Communications has set up a 112 public emergency centre to provide a single access number for emergency service providers to be completed by December.

More than R136 million has been allocated by the Department of Minerals and Energy to the nine host cities for the upgrading of the electricity networks to be completed by April-May.

Back up generators arrive next month and they will be installed and commissioned by March.

To date, more than 4673 non-hotel rooms and 25602 hotel rooms have been signed up and the grading process continues. Base camp hotels have now been identified by Match and are waiting final approval.

There is great focus on major crime syndicates and human trafficking in the operational plan.

Border control and operations coordinating committee (BCOCC) plans to have fully fledged joint command centres at all 28 priority ports of entry.

As part of its nine-point plan, the Department of Home Affairs has just unveiled a 2010 event specific visa.

These visas will be tested during the Confed Cup. The system will enable our security system to pre-screen and pre-clear passengers prior to boarding from their countries of departure.

The Department of Health has profiled all critical areas for deployment of healthcare and emergency services for the two tournaments.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has completed the protocol plan.

A schools 2010 Football World Cup was launched in July. The Sport and recreation department and Safa are finalising the memorandum of understanding to cooperate in mobilising club supporters for Bafana Bafana.

The Department of Arts and Culture and the organising committee have submitted recommendations for the opening and closing ceremonies to the LOC.

A 2010 peace caravan led by South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania will travel in the eastern region of Africa to present a five-aside football called 1pal meant for the youths of these countries.

Ke Nako! - 2010 government coordinating unit


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