Tshwane in top gear for cups

The City of Tshwane has procured a new 100-strong bus fleet as part of their preparations for a successful 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

The City of Tshwane has procured a new 100-strong bus fleet as part of their preparations for a successful 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

Godfrey Nkwane, the municipality's World Cup chief executive, said the procurement was in line with their plans to offer a great transport system.

Nkwane, who was also on a fact-finding mission at the 26th Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, said they will also upgrade access to all the airports.

Some of the major facilities in the municipality being upgraded include the Wonderboom Airport and Waterkloof Airbase.

The Department of Transport has allocated R670 million for the upgrades.

"The construction is under way," said Nkwane, who is happy with the overall process of preparing for the two competitions in Tshwane.

On the issue of information technology and telecommunications for the tournaments, Nkwane said 84 closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the taxi rank in Proes street, the city centre, Marabastad, Sunnyside and Hatfield.

The Loftus Stadium CCTV control room is already operational. Nkwane said an additional 200 cameras will be installed for the metro police in 2009 and 2010.

Nkwane said 420 schools in Tshwane are connected using WiFi through the Gauteng Online project. It will also offer wireless internet access to houses around these schools.

"There will also be the Smart Card Project, which provides low-cost internet connectivity to households throughout the city, including all the townships," Nkwane said.

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