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TRANSPORT Minister Sbu Ndebele yesterday saluted transport operators for "rising to challenges" and ensuring that transport moved smoothly during the Fifa World Cup.
"Given the deep-seated historical legacy of marginalisation of the majority of South Africans and decades of under-investment in public transport, access and mobility was going to be a challenge in hosting the World Cup," Ndebele said.
"South Africa rose to the challenge and transport moved smoothly."
He said credit for the transport achievements during the tournament needed to go to all members of the "transport family", including all spheres of government and in particular host cities, and to a range of parastatal entities in the aviation, rail and road sectors.
"We also salute private sector public transport operators, local bus and coach operators and the often maligned minibus-taxi industry, which all came to the party.
"In just one month, in addition to daily normal commuting services, millions of fans crisscrossed a country three times the size of Germany, with the majority of them using public transport, mainly taxis, buses and trains."
There were no major accidents or incidents reported, he said.
He said the government had identified public transport as the key legacy project for the World Cup. The government invested billions of rands to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable public transportation system for the tournament.
According to Fifa 3,1million spectators attended the 64 matches of the tournament, which was the third highest aggregate attendance behind the US in 1994 and Germany in 2006.
The number excluded the millions of people who travelled to the fan festivals, public viewing areas and other entertainment centres to watch the matches.
Ndebele said the success was enabling Africans to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes about the continent, which augured well for the future. - Sapa