2010 World Cup plans scrutinised

VIENNA - The international spotlight was firmly fixed on South Africa at two media events at Euro 2008 in Vienna, Austria, where the world's media interrogated every facet of South Africa's readiness for 2010.

VIENNA - The international spotlight was firmly fixed on South Africa at two media events at Euro 2008 in Vienna, Austria, where the world's media interrogated every facet of South Africa's readiness for 2010.

The first event was an exclusive CNN face-off with Local Organising Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan, Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi, a Fifa representative as well as Moeketsi Mosola, chief executive of SA Tourism.

The second was an evening media cocktail event that included discussions about the emergence of the African player, 2010 as a catalyst for the transformation of African football as well as the preparation, legacy and work that lies ahead for 2010.

Mosola spoke to the world's journalists about the South African tourism industry's state of readiness for 2010; the legacy of 2010 for the nation and for the industry; and fears around safety and security that were impacting negatively on the industry.

He was joined by other distinguished speakers and panellists including footballers Lucas Radebe, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samuel Eto'o, Kalusha Bwalya and Mark Fish; Moleketi; 2010 LOC chairman Irvin Khoza; UEFA president Michel Platini; CAF President ISAA Hayatou; Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile; and Hans Klaus, Fifa communications director.

"We recognise the challenge that crime poses not only to our visitors, but to all South Africans," said Mosola. "We fully support the national government in its efforts to fight crime and we work closely with the global travel trade to keep tourists realistically informed about crime.

"The nation is investing heavily in crime-curtailing strategies and mechanisms. We are determined to get the better of the criminals.

"We confidently expect 10 million foreign arrivals in South Africa come 2010," he said. "Of those, no more than 500000 will come for the World Cup." - Sapa

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