Transport plans on track for World Cup

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pretoria - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele says his department is on track to help South Africa deliver a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Ndebele said this after chairing a meeting of transport MECs on Tuesday in which the MECs from all nine provinces tabled their progress reports regarding the readiness of transport infrastructure for the tourney.

He dismissed reports that some of the airports, especially in smaller cities, would not be ready to welcome the thousands of fans who will be moving in and out during the event.

"Over the past few years and months, we have invested massive efforts to guarantee an exceptional transport service during the world cup and we are on track.

"We are currently visiting provinces and host cities regarding their transport plans and we are happy from what is emerging there," Ndebele said.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said renovations at Cape Town airport were expected to be complete in about two to three weeks and the airport will be ready to accommodate flights during the tournament.

Ndebele said the meeting had agreed that a comprehensive communication strategy between the provinces needed to be finalised soon.

He said the success of the World Cup depended on cooperation between provinces and law enforcement agencies countrywide.

Transport command and call centres will be in operation in every city during the world cup to serve as central hub of coordination for transport operations, information management and risk assessment.

The next two weeks will see the signing of service level agreements between FIFA and host cities.

Government has invested R2.8 billion on public transport, roads and rail infrastructure for this financial year.