Transport system will be effective during the Confeds Cup

Friday, May 29, 2009

Pretoria - Transport Minister, Sibusiso Ndebele is confident South Africa's transportation system will be effective during the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup.

"We are confident that an effective transport system will be in place during the Confederations Cup. We have been working hard in conjunction with provincial and local government towards ensuring that this dry-run for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is successful," said Mr Ndebele in a statement.

The department has aimed to improve infrastructure at airports, upgrade roads and the rail sector as well as increase road traffic management as well as reducing road crashes and implementing the 2010 Transport Plan.

"We are also pleased to report that, as announced by South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the aviation industry is ready for the 14 June kick-off."

He said most supporters and soccer players would arrive in the country by air and this mode of transport would feature prominently in the movement of people across the country.

Mr Ndebele said sufficient measures had been put in place to handle the increased activity due to the partnership between the department, SACAA, Air Traffic and Navigation Services, the South African Police Services and South African Air Force.

The Confederations Cup will kick-off on 14 June at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Park. Matches will also be played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.