Brazil invites SA to indaba

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Brazil has invited the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee to visit Rio de Janeiro for a seminar on the South American country's preparations for the 2014 edition of the tournament.

The seminar, scheduled for April, is organised by the government of Brazil and soccer authorities in the country that gave the game the great Pele.

Tim Modise, the LOC communications director, said the invitation was extended by Luiz Eduardo Perreira Barretto Filo, Brazil's deputy minister of tourism.

The delegation paid a courtesy visit to the LOC at Safa House on Tuesday where they were welcomed by Nomfanelo Magwentshu, the chief operations officer.

Magwentshu assured the Brazilian delegation that South Africa was well on track in their preparations for the World Cup.

"The interest of the delegation from Brazil was on the issue of tourism and marketing of South Africa internationally," said Modise.

"The delegation was impressed by South Africa's readiness for the event.

"We [South Africa] are working hard to deliver on the promise of hosting a successful African World Cup, it is the first one on African soil and we need to impress."

The delegation, which also includes business people, will also meet their South African counterparts.