TRAFFIC in Gauteng will "flow more freely" during the World Cup, premier Nomvula Mokonyane said yesterday.
"We are confident that in the next few months, traffic on our roads will flow without the congestion and the inconvenience that is currently being encountered," she said.
"We have been given a guarantee by the South African National Roads Agency that key parts of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project will be completed by end of April."
The R21 highway joining the OR Tambo International Airport and the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria would be completed by the end of April - with three lanes opened in both directions, she said.
The highway connection to Soweto would also be completed to ease movement to and from Soccer City.
"Key parts of the Ben Schoeman highway will be ready while others will be completed later," Mokonyane said.
Construction on the province's roads has been at the root of traffic jams for lengthy periods.
Mokonyane moved to assure international media that the government has "done everything" to ensure that visitors are able to stay and move "freely and safely within Gauteng".
The province has invested in high-tech equipment and several security vehicles to combat crime and terrorism, she said.
"More plain clothes and uniformed police members have been recruited and trained."
The province, set to host 60percent of the activities during the World Cup, was "more than prepared and ready".
The province will host both the opening and closing matches in the tournament.
The main port of entry for visitors travelling by air would be the OR Tambo International Airport on the East Rand.
"It means that most of the expected foreign visitors will either be spending substantial periods in Gauteng or at least be passing through the province on their way to other destinations," she said.
"The people of Gauteng are ready to welcome the multitudes of soccer fans and tourists who in two months' time will descend to our hospitable province." - Sapa-AFP