legacy indaba

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

After the delivery of the 2010 World Cup mid-term report, the South African government intends empowering communities through various legacy projects.

As part of their plans in ensuring that communities also benefit, the government has organised a big indaba in Bloemfontein on April 28 and 29.

It will deal with various issues relating to the importance of the World Cup legacy projects which will be interrogated at length.

The Department of Sports and Recreation and Local Organising Committee are also involved in organising the indaba hosted by the Free State provincial government.

"We will be mapping out the World Cup legacy projects so that our communities can benefit," said Dan Moyo, acting head of the World Cup Government Unit.

"It is not only about soccer, we will also focus on other community needs such as improving road infrastructure, transport, safety and security and medical facilities.

"What makes us happy is that those projects will create thousands of jobs for our people to reduce the level of unemployment.

"We all know that the success of any major sporting events such as the World Cup, the Olympics, the Commonwealth and All Africa Games depends on its volunteers.

"That is why we feel there is a need to start recruiting and training volunteers. They will also be trained in various foreign languages.

"One of the legacy projects that we are also going to deal with is to encourage our youth to start businesses, something that will also help reduce unemployment.

"There is also the issue of engaging our schools as part of culture education where pupils will adopt the 32 countries that will qualify for the World Cup.

"That will also help them know about the culture of other countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Portugal, Japan, Germany, Nigeria and Cameroon.

"At the same time, we have to teach them about South Africa, they need to learn about the importance of our national anthem, our symbols and our flag.

"It is disappointing that you still have people talking, smoking and some men wearing hats when the national anthem is being sung."

On the issue of poor attendance at soccer matches, he said: "It is a cause for concern, and we need strategies to get our people back at soccer venues in big numbers."