SA to spend R200m on fire engines for tournament

THE government has put aside R200million to buy fire engines as part of the 2010 Fifa World Cup preparations.

THE government has put aside R200million to buy fire engines as part of the 2010 Fifa World Cup preparations.

This was announced by head of the World Cup Government Unit, Zukile Nomvete, who added that they were happy everything was going according to plan.

"We have recruited an additional 134 fire fighters for the World Cup. They are being trained in the handling of hazardous materials.

"Furthermore, R14,4million has been spent on recruiting 480 reserve fire fighters to reinforce the number of permanent staff."

Nomvete said they were happy with the presentation by Molefi Sefularo, the deputy Minister of Health, on the World Cup preparations. "This includes the fact that forensic medicine facilities are ready in all nine provinces. H1N1 vaccines have been procured and are due to be licensed by the Medicines Control Council.

"In terms of health services at airports, all systems are in place in all provinces. Health services are also in place at all land and sea- ports, except in the Eastern Cape."

On the issue of energy supply, Nomvete said: "The supply of energy during the World Cup is secured. The services of a generator company have been secured for all the stadiums in line with Fifa requirements.

"Security of fuel supply is on hand at all our airports. Stock levels are monitored on a daily basis to ensure that the increased demand during the World Cup is met."

Nomvete said the Department of Trade and Industry was collecting data from all departments and municipalities on the opportunities created for small businesses in relation to the World Cup.

"The organising committee is obliged to ensure that 30percent of World Cup spending is allocated to SMMEs and black-owned enterprises.

"Reports on expenditure on SMMEs and black-owned enterprises will be submitted to the 2010 inter-ministerial committee as soon as they are finalised."

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