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ABAQULUSI municipality in Vryheid, northern Zululand, has set its sights firmly on benefitting from the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
The municipality hosted a successful Mayoral Cup on Saturday as a taste of what 2010 has to offer.
Mayor George Dlamini said they might be the outskirts of the province but are not sitting back.
"Miracles won't happen but we must make use of whatever we have at our disposal to benefit from the World Cup. We might not be one of the host cities, but we form a big part of the host country.
"All we need is to set our sights firmly on things that will benefit our rural people from this World Cup. It has come to our country in our lifetime and, believe me, it will take centuries before it returns here, so let's make the most of it while we have it," Dlamini said.
He said they were planning to have the French national team visit and if possible to camp in the area.
"We have a good relationship with France and we are trying to get them here, or at least Zinedine Zidane, to visit this part of the country. We have already hinted this to their ambassador and negotiations are still going on."
Dlamini said the bed and breakfasts are ready to host visitors or tourists in Vryheid. He said they wanted to build a hotel before the World Cup.
"The World Cup is not only about football, but also about tourism, which is why we are working hard to ensure that we put the infrastructures that would boost our economy," he said.
To show that the municipality is ready, all the sporting codes were represented during the Mayoral Cup.