Social goal for 2010

THE potential for corruption is one of the key areas that South Africa must focus on ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a report released yesterday by the Public Service Commission said.

THE potential for corruption is one of the key areas that South Africa must focus on ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a report released yesterday by the Public Service Commission said.

"There is a need to appreciate that while the hosting of the World Cup may bring material benefits, the country should not lose its focus on building institutional capacity to promote development," the report said.

The report noted that the World Cup should benefit all South Africans regardless of race or class.

"Conscious steps will have to be taken to ensure that the poor can access the necessary opportunities emanating from the hosting of the World Cup," read the report.

It highlighted potential challenges in areas such as emergency services capacity, processing the huge influx of visitors, and providing services without bias based on race, gender or disability.

"Lack of full compliance may put departments, which are involved in big programmes and tenders, at risk regarding potentially corrupt practices," the report stated. The government has invested more than R17billion in infrastructure development linked to the World Cup. - Sapa-AFP

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