'Condoms galore if you want to score'

THE Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding towns are being flooded with condoms for "ultimate safety" ahead of the soccer World Cup, local authorities said yesterday.

THE Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth and its surrounding towns are being flooded with condoms for "ultimate safety" ahead of the soccer World Cup, local authorities said yesterday.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said it intended distributing 2,4million condoms "to ensure ultimate safety at the tournament".

"Nelson Mandela Bay is ready to score," it said in statement.

A first consignment of 1,2million condoms had been received last week from the provincial health department, and another 1,2million would arrive next week.

About 500000 of them had already been distributed to clinics, hospitals, businesses and community facilities.

The condoms would also be available to hotels, bed and breakfasts and "any other recreational facility that would like to ensure that they have enough condoms for the 2010 Fifa World Cup on their premises".

The municipality includes Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.

Eastern Cape has one of the highest HIV infection rates in South Africa, with one in four women at antenatal clinics testing positive. -Sapa

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