Motlanthe impressed by 2010 legacy projects

Sunday, November 1, 2009
By: 
Gabi Khumalo

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says he is impressed by the various 2010 legacy projects being completed around Johannesburg, after taking a tour of the city on Saturday.

The Deputy President started his tour of the city by boarding a Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus at the Metro Centre in Soweto. The bus departed from the station via Westgate and Soccer City terminals.

He said the trip had been wonderful and an eye opener. "I've never thought that some day our transport system will operate comfortable and efficiently, we must try to replicate it in other provinces."

During his tour of Soccer City, which is 98 percent complete, he commended the contractors for a job well done and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

"I did not imagine that it was this beautiful, the work and design is well balanced. You've done us proud," Motlanthe told the construction workers.

The Deputy President also visited the R17 million West Regional Park and Albertina Sisulu Multipurpose Resource Centre, before attending the Soweto Derby game between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.

He said the hosting of the World Cup would leave a rich legacy for South Africans and ensure that people continue to benefit from the event long after the fans have left.

"Legacy Projects will ensure that people benefit from economic investment after the World Cup," he said.

He added that he was looking forward to returning, not for a tour of the projects, but to interact with the community.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka, said he was satisfied with the progress made so far in the various projects. "We are on course, the legacy to be left after the tournament would be enjoyed for a long time to come," Shiceka told BuaNews.

He said South Africa had done very well and showed the world that the country can rise up to the challenge and meet the task given.

He added that all the stadiums would be finished on time and the country would be able to provide safe and reliable transport.

"Everyone is delivering and work will be done on time, what is left is for the South African team to be able to deliver and make us proud," he said.