Boost for host cities

The government has initiated the formation of provincial technical committees to deal with the implementation of the 2010 World Cup-related projects.

The government has initiated the formation of provincial technical committees to deal with the implementation of the 2010 World Cup-related projects.

The committees in all the host cities' provinces will be chaired by Joe Phaahla, director-general of the government's 2010 World Cup unit.

Dan Moyo, the unit's chief director, said the committees will meet every two months to discuss the progress in preparations for the tournament.

"The responsibility of the committee will be to assist host cities in implementing the activities of the 2009 Confederations Cup and World Cup," Moyo said.

"Dr Phaahla will be travelling to all the provinces to chair those meetings. That will also help us in terms of monitoring the progress."

Moyo said the idea of establishing the committees was supported by all the provinces at a workshop in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, last week.

Phaahla also used the opportunity to assure the people attending the workshop that the preparations for the World Cup were well on track.

"One of the many things that we discussed at the workshop was to have proper coordination of the 2010 World Cup," said Moyo.

"We really want the hosting of the World Cup to benefit our people. Government is already dealing with those programmes and it's all systems go."

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