E Cape brains trust to meet

The Eastern Cape provincial government's 2010 World Cup unit is planing an all-inclusive workshop in East London from August 27 to 29.

The Eastern Cape provincial government's 2010 World Cup unit is planing an all-inclusive workshop in East London from August 27 to 29.

Gogo Manqoyi, Eastern Cape strategic manager of the World Cup, said the event will deal mainly with the progress being made in preparations for the tournament.

"We want to do a postmortem as a province to check if we are really on track and all the things are done as per the time-frames.

"We have invited all the stakeholders to this important gathering, including the various departments of government," said Manqoyi.

"Various municipalities, organised business and South African Football Association representatives will also be there. We thought we should get everybody under one roof to see if we all speak with one voice."

Manqoyi said they wanted to get everyone's input ahead of the launch of the province's blueprint for the World Cup in October.

"We are trying to avoid a situation where people would be unhappy with this and that during the launch," she said.

"There is a lot of groundwork that the provincial 2010 World Cup office has been doing and we appreciate the support from all the people in the province."

Manqoyi, one of South Africa's top women sports administrators, said MEC for sports, recreation, arts and culture Noxolo Abraham-Ntantiso will also be there.

With the focus more on Port Elizabeth as a World Cup host city, Manqoyi said areas like Mthatha and East London would also benefit with legacy projects. The Buffalo City municipality has already made it clear that they want to upgrade their stadium for use as a World Cup training venue.

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