2010 safety tops summit agenda

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Danny Jordaan, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive, returns to his home town of Port Elizabeth this week for a summit on safety and security matters.

The Eastern Cape provincial 2010 Fifa World Cup summit will take place at Coega Village on Thursday and Friday.

Also attending is Linda Mti, the LOC head of security, representatives of the Nelson Mandela Bay and those from the two base camps.

The Eastern Cape government has decided to use the Buffalo City and King Sabata Dalindyebo municipalities as base camps.

Ncedo Kumbaca, a spokesman for the Eastern Cape department of safety, liaison and transport, said the province wants to create a safe World Cup for all.

Kumbaca said MEC Thobile Mhlahlo will also be one of the speakers at the two-day event.

"We have also invited representatives from the South African Police Service, the South African National Defence Force, the Eastern Cape Youth Commission and other stakeholders.

"The aim of the summit is to facilitate processes whereby all relevant stakeholders, in particular the law enforcement agencies and criminal justice system, develop appropriate holistic security plans in an integrated and systematic manner.

"We also need to develop a volunteer strategy for communities to contribute to the safety and security of the tournament and beyond.

"We also need to develop an integrated provincial safety and security plan, which includes the role of local government," said Kumbaca.