City names row hits 2010 plans

A row is brewing over the use of the "old" city names of Pretoria and Port Elizabeth by the 2010 World Cup organisers, Herald online reported yesterday.

A row is brewing over the use of the "old" city names of Pretoria and Port Elizabeth by the 2010 World Cup organisers, Herald online reported yesterday.

It said the metro bosses of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay were strongly opposed to this approach.

This emerged on Tuesday when Nelson Mandela Bay municipal manager Graham Richards gave his regular 2010 Soccer World Cup update to a full council meeting.

He said local organising committee boss Danny Jordaan was of the opinion that host cities had used their original names in the bid book process.

Fifa had, therefore, allocated the World Cup to those city names, and those names would be used in official Fifa 2010 cup documentation.

Nelson Mandela Bay is the metropolitan area encompassing Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.

In a similar way, Tshwane refers to a metro of which Pretoria forms only a part.

However, Richards said he had consistently corrected written documents and people who kept on using Port Elizabeth.

Local and Provincial Government Minister Sydney Mufamadi is to intervene. - Sapa

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