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I'm relieved - Stofile

By Katlego Moeng | Jun 18, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE government is happy with how the World Cup has gone so far.

Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile told the media yesterday that with at least 20 of the 64 games played, he was happy about the proceedings so far.

"I am a bit relieved that we have done at least a third but I will be very happy at the end of the road. Anything can still happen, but we are tightening the screws to make sure that all goes according to plan," he said.

Stofile said hosting such a massive event had its challenges that could see the unforeseen happening.

"We have learnt that it does not matter how much you think your plans are complete, you are not done until the event is complete."

The minister also expressed concern about the transport arrangements to the games.

"Transportation and protocol officials were a bit disappointing in the beginning. South Africans are not used to park and ride and sharing their cars.

"I experienced problems for the opening game, where in Sandton. Where there were no officials to show us which bus to get on. When we got to the stadium there were no officials to show us the way."

Stofile also indicated that he had spoken to the Local Organising Committee and Fifa about the empty seats at supposedly soldout games.

"It is not good enough to say that seats have been sold but they are empty. This while we have people knocking on our doors looking for tickets."

"I am happy that the South African Police Service were ready to take over security at the stadiums when contracted guards went on strike," Stofile said.


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