tshwane starts volunteer drive

The City of Tshwane is stepping up its preparations for the 2010 World Cup by ensuring that community members are also on board to serve as volunteers.

The City of Tshwane is stepping up its preparations for the 2010 World Cup by ensuring that community members are also on board to serve as volunteers.

Godfrey Nkwane, the munici- pality's World Cup chief executive, said the process to involve the community began with the training of 12 locals in Mandarin.

Mandarin is a dialect spoken in China.

The 12 volunteers are from Atteridgeville and Soshanguve and will be among the ushers during the tournament.

Nkwane said an additional 50 people would be trained in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

He said they were working closely with the Gauteng Tourism Authority, a body responsible for all the tourism projects in the province.

"We are also engaged in discussions with the tourism structures to finalise the establishment of the Tshwane Tourism Association."

The World Cup 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) is expected to make an announcement later this month on the national recruitment of volunteers for next year's Confederations Cup and the World Cup, specialised and non-specialised.

On the issue of accommodation, Nkwane said they were expecting around 40 000 tourists in Tshwane for the World Cup.

"We had a workshop for non hotel accommodation operators, attended by Match, Tourism Grading Council and Tourism Enterprise Programme representatives."

The municipality has decided to engage bed-and-breakfast operators because for the first time in the history of the World Cup, non-hotels will also be used.

This also resulted in the mushrooming of guesthouses in various South African cities, towns and black residential areas.

LOC chairman Irvin Khoza has warned South Africans to do thorough research before turning their properties into guest houses.

Khoza said part of the research should include ensuring that the business will be sustainable after the World Cup.

The LOC chairman has advised people wanting to benefit from the Confederations Cup and World to speak to financial experts before investing money into any project.

Nkwane said several new four- and five-star hotels would be built in the municipality in the build-up to the tournament.

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