Province signs up volunteers

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The KwaZulu-Natal department of sports and recreation has already started with the process of signing up volunteers for the 2010 World Cup.

"We will be finalising the issue of volunteers on Friday," said Jomo Biyela, 2010 World Cup strategic manager for the department.

"For now we have decided to start with the people who will assist us during the preliminary draw in Durban in November.

"Those volunteers will be trained by experts on how to do whatever we are going to sign them up to do as part of the tournament.

"We need general and specialised volunteers. We will also be looking for people who speak foreign language like French, Portuguese and German.

"We know that many people in Durban and surrounding areas are looking forward to being part of the tournament. The preliminary draw has already generated a lot of interest.

"We have not finalised the exact number for the preliminary draw," said Biyela, adding that they were working closely with the Local Organising Committee.

Biyela said they were also training their volunteers to assist in all the South African Football Association's 11 regional structures in KwaZulu-Natal.

"We have set aside a budget for the training of volunteers in the regions.

"We know that tourists would want to visit the townships and villages during the World Cup," he said.

Biyela went on to say that the government plans to send some of the coaches in the province abroad for advanced training.

"We are in the process of finalising exchange programmes for our coaches to learn more about their trade overseas.

"Conti Kubheka [Safa coaching head] is working closely with us in this project. In fact, Conti will conduct one phase-three course here on September 21.

"It will take seven days and he will be assisted by instructors from our province. These are part of the legacy projects that we are working on."

The provincial government will also be renovating the Ulundi Stadium and other open grounds used by soccer clubs in the area as part of the legacy projects, Biyela said.

The construction of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, which will accommodate 70000 people, is well on track.