KWAZULU-NATAL is "feeling it" and ready to make "2010 history and take KZN to the world", Premier Zweli Mkhize said yesterday.
He was wishing Bafana Bafana well for today's showdown when he launched the official 2010 hosting programme for dignitaries.
He said the initiative, first of its kind, was to make sure that all guests left the province after the World Cup "with a special feeling".
He said he had no doubt that the province had a lot to offer fans and visitors.
The premier said he would bet that the province had the best 2010 stadium and that there was no equal for "the beautiful Moses Mabhida Stadium" in host city Durban.
The provincial government had targeted key match days of games being played in Durban to host the dignitaries.
Apart from hosting guests on a private yacht for a harbour cruise and offering them a taste of the region's best cuisine, Mkhize will also showcase the city and the region's most talented artists and entertainers to all visitors.
He said the province had made unprecedented investments in infrastructure, including road and stadia development that was "world-class" and "sophisticated" both in the host city Durban and outlying areas of the province.
Such investment had paid off and the province had secured key soccer federations, including 50percent of Africa's "six pack" - Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria - as well as Greece and Paraguay to choose the region as their base camp for the World Cup.