JOHANNESBURG will keep the legacy of the World Cup to benefit residents in the long term, mayor Amos Masondo said yesterday.
Masondo was giving feedback about the 2010 Fifa World Cup at a media briefing in Braamfontein.
He said the city had used the pressure that comes with hosting the World Cup to deepen the work that they were already doing through government departments and programmes.
"We now have the basic structure of a World Cup transport system in place.
"Our fight against crime has been significantly bolstered by introducing modern technology," Masondo said.
The mayor said almost half of the spectators during the World Cup used public transport such as trains, Metrobus and BRT buses and taxis.
He added that the stadiums would not be white elephants as they were multipurpose.
"Orlando Stadium has a conference centre. You can have anything in the stadiums, including weddings, concerts and birthday parties."
Masondo said they would also use the spirit of the World Cup to unite people against xenophobia.
"You cannot stop migration, but we argue for control. People must migrate legally."