Peter Mokaba Stadium ready to open in January

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Polokwane - The Peter Mokaba stadium in Limpopo is 96 percent complete and will be officially opened in January.

The 2010 provincial technical committee announced its satisfaction with the stadium's progress at a monthly meeting recently.

"It is not surprising that FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in their recent visit were satisfied with our preparations for this world-class event coming to African soil for the first time.

"We are working as a team of winners," said provincial 2010 co-ordinator, Seipati Tlaka.

The Peter Mokaba Stadium merely needs some paint work and final touches to the lawn before it is finalised.

To prepare for an influx of tourists, Limpopo Tourism and Parks will train garage operators and taxi industries along the main roads in both customer and foreign languages.

"This will assist in making sure visitors do not feel lost, and will enhance interpersonal engagements during the coming soccer piece. In terms of readiness in disaster management, the Capricorn District added three fire-fighting vehicles to be delivered next month," Tlaka said.

Some 2 301 citizens also applied for the recent 2010 volunteer programme and will start training next year.

Communications manager from the Limpopo coordinating unit, Naledzani Rasila, said mobile cellphone suppliers have been asked to strengthen their coverage in areas that have weak to no reception.

"Some of these areas are tourism attraction centres such as the Nwanedi Resort in the Vhembe district," he said.

Celebrations to mark the 200-day countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup will kick-off on 22 November.

Meanwhile, the Soccerex exhibition will be held in Gauteng from 27 to 29 November, and the final draw for the qualifying teams that will play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup will take place on 4 December.