gauteng is prepared

HEAD HONCHOS Jerome Valcke- FIFA General Secretary, left, and CEO of the LOC Danny Jordaan, during the 500 days to kickoff press conference. 24/01/2009. Pic. Chris Ricco.  © Backpagepix
HEAD HONCHOS Jerome Valcke- FIFA General Secretary, left, and CEO of the LOC Danny Jordaan, during the 500 days to kickoff press conference. 24/01/2009. Pic. Chris Ricco. © Backpagepix

Gauteng's MEC for sports, arts, culture and recreation Barbara Creecy says the province is ready to give the world the most exciting Confederations Cup and World Cup events.

Gauteng's MEC for sports, arts, culture and recreation Barbara Creecy says the province is ready to give the world the most exciting Confederations Cup and World Cup events.

"Gauteng prides itself for its state of readiness to host these two major events successfully, leaving a lasting legacy as the Home of Competitive Sport."

She said the most obvious and well-known facts that made Gauteng the heart of the 2010 Fifa World Cup were that it has three match venues, is the home of Fifa headquarters and the International Broadcast Centre, the main port of entry and it would host the opening and closing ceremonies and final match of the World Cup.

"The forthcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup holds prospects for the Gauteng City Region to provide a world class event, while dealing with our priorities such as accelerated economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation, road and transport infrastructure development, safety and security, provision of quality health services, disaster and emergency services and building the love for football as the Home of Champions," Creecy said.

Stadiums Soccer City, Loftus Versfeld and Ellis Park refurbishments were ready and were compliant with Fifa regulations.

She said Gauteng's infrastructure was being revamped to ensure quick and easy travelling to match venues and tourist destinations.

"The hospitality industry in Gauteng is working around the clock to improve accommodation and related services. Tourists attractions are ready to thrill our visitors," Creecy said.

Dedicated police, emergency, medical, health, traffic and disaster management services were gearing up to ensure quality service delivery to residents and visitors alike.

"I encourage all Gautengers and South Africans at large to purchase the tickets and rally Bafana."

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