Space and place for all soccer fans

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) and South African Disability Alliance (Sada) have made headway in making stadiums accessible to the disabled during the World Cup.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) and South African Disability Alliance (Sada) have made headway in making stadiums accessible to the disabled during the World Cup.

Last week Sada members protested and burned wheel-chair tyres outside Soccer City stadium.

Sada chairperson Muzi Nkosi said their complaints included inadequate seating for disabled people and that there was no no transport plan in place.

LOC chairperson Danny Jordaan announced yesterday that a working committee would be set up to deal with the issues.

"The working committee will ensure a plan is implemented to deal with the frustrations that disabled people have," Jordaan said.

"The working committee will comprise representatives from both the LOC and Sada to ensure a smooth and clear implementation of all the issues that we have complained about," Nkosi said.

"Among ourselves we will agree with a clear time frame to meet again and report back," he said.

Jordaan said: "There is huge interest in the World Cup.

"There must be a space and a place for everyone - for those who are able-bodied and those who come in wheelchairs.

"As we have indicated before, we have made provision for wheelchairs, with category 4 tickets at a cost of R150.

"The person pushing the wheelchair gets free access," he said.

"We now need to look at the stadiums and make sure that the facilities and their supporting infrastructure are in place."

The working committee will be led by Nkosi and LOC chief competitions officer Derek Blankenseer.

Jordaan asked Nkosi if he had bought any tickets yet for the World Cup.

Nkosi replied: "No. I applied but I was one of the many who were rejected."

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