North West put to the 2010 test

A conference to assess the North West province's readiness for the 2010 Soccer World Cup will begin at Sun City on Wednesday.

A conference to assess the North West province's readiness for the 2010 Soccer World Cup will begin at Sun City on Wednesday.

"The conference will seek to produce a proper assessment of the collective work done to ensure that the province is ready to deliver a successful World Cup," said Ndleleni Duma, the MEC for sports, arts and culture.

Duma is also the chairman of the Provincial World Cup Committee.

The two-day conference will be held under the theme Holding a successful Fifa World Cup and leaving a lasting South African legacy in the North West.

Rustenburg will be one of the host cities for the conference and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium has been selected as a venue for the games.

"The provincial government is doing everything possible to ensure that all stakeholders play their roles to ensure that the province contributes towards the success of the World Cup," the statement said.

Key people from the Local Organising Committee, MECs, senior government officials, football structures, business and stakeholders from civil society are among those expected to attend the conference.

"We are confident that we are on track with regard to the preparations," said Duma. - Sapa

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