Talks on 2010 businesses

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The newly established Mpumalanga 2010 World Cup One Stop Office has wasted no time in getting down to serious business by organising a business summit.

Desmond Golding, the provincial World Cup deputy director-general, said the summit will take place at a leading lodge in the province on Monday.

"The summit, starting at 8.30am, will focus largely on the 2010 (World Cup) opportunities and other business related issues.

"It will also take stock of 2010 related issues and map the way forward in ensuring that the tournament delivers for all in the province," said Golding.

The One Stop Office was unveiled by Thabang Makwetla, Mpumalanga Premier two weeks ago in his state of the province address in Nelspruit.

Makwetla said the new structure will coordinate all the activities of the World Cup.

This was after the provincial government took over control of the Mbombela municipality, which incorporates Nelspruit, which is one of the nine World Cup host cities.

Golding said the summit will be followed by the launch of the One Stop Office in conjunction with the House of Traditional Leaders office on March 14.

Jabu Mahlangu, MEC for sports, recreation and culture, said they were happy with the preparations for the World Cup in the area.

As part of the dress rehearsals for the World Cup, Mpumalanga will host an international soccer tournament in Thulamahashe on March 22 featuring Black Leopards, Club Atletico, Mbabane Highlanders and Costa do Sol.