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THE government deployed the big guns yesterday to convince the public that South Africa is ready to host the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.
That's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and LOC chairman Irvin Khoza.
Speaking to the media at Tuynhuys in Cape Town yesterday, Motlanthe said he was "comforted" to report that all four venues chosen to host the tournament were ready.
These are Ellis Park, Loftus Versfeld, Free State Stadium and Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.
More than 430000 tickets have been sold - 70 percent of the total. The opening match on Sunday between South Africa and Iraq is almost sold out.
Khoza said Fifa had never aimed for full capacity stadiums for the Cup, saying "for the test event you don't go for full capacity in the stadiums."
He said many heads of state would be heading to South Africa to watch their teams, depending on how their teams fare in the early stages of the tournament.
Motlanthe said there was no danger that taxi drivers would disrupt the Confederations Cup if Transport Minister S'bu Ndebele did not agree today to scrap the Bus Rapid Transit system.
Meanwhile, Mthethwa said an extra 41000 police officers had been put on the beat to ensure the safety of overseas fans.