security stepped up
At least 1700 volunteers have been recruited and trained by a select team from England's Manchester police as part of the KwaZulu-Natal preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Chairman of the Provincial 2010 Political Oversight Committee Zweli Mkhize said this when he addressed editors in Durban yesterday.
Mkhize said the number of volunteers would be increased to 2100 in the build-up to 2010.
"The province is beefing up its security agencies to ensure a 'safe and secure 2010' with a key objective of preventing social crime.
"The department of safety and security is developing the funding capacity of community police forums to conduct crime prevention campaigns in each CPF area," Mkhize said.
He said the province was well on track with all of its key deliverables to ensure a successful World Cup.
"The KwaZulu-Natal government is investing in key projects to ensure that the province successfully hosts the world during the 2010 Fifa World Cup and leaves a lasting legacy for our people," said Mkhize.
He said the development of stadia was at an advanced stage. The province, he added, had ploughed financial and other resources into the building and upgrading of at least 10 stadia, including the construction of the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Other stadia are located in historic and culturally rich areas of the province.
"We have, through the department of local government, invested R137million in stadia development to create training venues for selected participating teams," he said.
Mkhize said the multi-billion rand Dube TradePort and King Shaka International Airport were on schedule for 2010.
"Construction is on schedule for the opening of the airport in May 2010. We have to date spent R3,8billion on the development.
He said the province's department of transport was upgrading key roads at a cost of more than R480 million to ensure easy access to Moses Mabhida Stadium.
He said the province had accelerated its efforts in lobbying international football federations to consider KwaZulu-Natal for their teams' base camps during the World Cup.
"We have targeted countries from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, focusing on the countries that have a strong base of travelling fans," he said.
Mkhize said the region's department of health is focusing on upgrading and strengthening the health and medical services in the province.
"To make the World Cup a reality for all KwaZulu-Natalians, the province will host public viewing areas in at least five municipalities.
"The provincial government and the host city will over the next two months unveil a community activation campaign aimed at mobilising each and every citizen of KwaZulu-Natal to be excited about playing host to the world during the World Cup," he said.