World Cup 'the responsibility of all'

THE Local Organising Committee says the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup is the responsibility of all South Africans.

LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan, said South Africans must join hands with them to ensure that Africa's first tournament is a memorable one.

Jordaan said after the successful Confederations Cup and World Cup finals draw, the world is now aware that South Africa is ready to stage the 2010 World Cup finals.

"Our delivery of the events was top class. For five years we have worked hard. The true image of the next few months before the kickoff is rosy," he said.

"What is needed is greater public enthusiasm for the event. All 10 stadiums to be used for World Cup matches have been completed.

"Out of the 10 selected stadiums only five were constructed from scratch. The rest needed minor upgrades to meet some technical requirements as per Fifa specifications.

"Plans for other support infrastructure are on track.

"The South African government is upgrading roads, airports and mass transit systems in preparation for the event. A beefed-up high-tech transport system of buses, trains and taxis will be available to move the football faithful around."

Jordaan said South Africa has benefited and will benefit economically from the 2010 World Cup, adding that they were grateful for the continued support of the government.

"The World Cup has created hundreds of jobs. It has created a lot of opportunities for many thousands of South Africans.

"On the security front, we believe in a justice system that can respond to the breaking of law and order.

"The government is hiring an additional 55000 police officers, boosting the force by 15percent. I am satisfied fans, teams and the public will be safe during the 2010 World Cup finals.

"More than 15 000 volunteers from 52 countries will soon be selected and begin training to help us deliver the games and host the multitudes of visitors."