15000 volunteers needed

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee yesterday announced they will sign up 15000 volunteers to assist in staging a successful tournament.

This was announced by Danny Jordaan, LOC chief executive at a media briefing to announce their plans for the World Cup's '1000 days' countdown on September 15.

Jordaan said the volunteers will be divided into two categories, general and specialised, adding that they were delighted with the preparations for the tournament.

Dealing with the stadiums, Jordaan said they were happy that the construction of the Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town was on track.

"Peter Mokaba and Mbombela, which are smaller stadiums, are doing well in terms of the time frame. Soccer City, as you can see, there is tremendous progress," he said.

"Issa Hayatou, who is the chairman of the Fifa 2010 World Cup Organising Committee, went to Nelson Mandela Bay to inspect the stadium on Tuesday.

"He was happy with the progress. Ellis Park, Royal Bafokeng, Free State and Loftus, these are completed stadiums."

Contractors are on site at Ellis Park, Royal Bafokeng, Free State and Loftus to upgrade the stadiums, which along with Nelson Mandela Bay, will also host the 2009 Confederations Cup.

"Nelson Mandela Bay has to be completed with 24 months because it is the only new stadium that will also host the Confederations Cup."

Jordaan said they were delighted with the continued support from the South African government, adding that the support of the corporate sector was highly appreciated.

Jordaan said there was a need for more luxury buses for the World Cup as they are expecting about 500 000 tourists.

"As you read in the media today [yesterday], Acsa [Airports Company South Africa] is spending R19,4 billion on improving the airports in South Africa."

Tim Modise, the LOC's head of communications, said the 1 000 days countdown celebrations will take place in all the host cities on September 15, with the main one in Tshwane.

Germany World Cup chief executive Franz Beckenbauer, who is an executive member of Fifa, is in Cape Town where CAF's 50th celebrations are taking place. He will also inspect Green Point Stadium today.