SOUTH AFRICA IS READY TO HOST THE WORLD
South Africa will deliver a world-class event that will forever change the perceptions of the international community, and also ensure a lasting legacy for the people of Africa. – President Jacob Zuma, Republic of South Africa South Africa has not only made its mark on international sports fields, but has alsosuccessfully hosted a number of major international events. These include, among other things, the 1995 World Cup, 1996 African Cup of Nations, 2003 Cricket World Cup and the Indian Premier League in 2009. These events and the 2009 Confederations Cup demonstrate South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. The 2010 FIFA World CupTM will expose South Africa and the continent to the world,optimise tourism and other developmental opportunities, promote soccer and foster pride and confidence in Africa. When the first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa, it will be the culmination of years of dedicated effort, planning and commitment. Long after the last whistle has blown, South Africa and Africa will continue to reap the rewards of its investments in thistournament, which have catalysed huge developments.
We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event … we have no doubt that the World Cup will be a runaway success, – Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Republic of South Africa
Before South Africa was granted the right to host the 2010 FIFA World CupTM, national government departmentsprovided 17 guarantees to FIFA. Government has used these guarantees as the blueprint for its preparations for the tournament. Since being awarded the bid, a coordinated and concentrated effort has been made by all the relevant departments to achieve these undertakings.
The South African Government is using the event to fast-track infrastructure development in the countryand to provide a catalyst for regional and continental exposure and growth.
All of South Africa has risen to the occasion to make this the best World Cup ever.
Nelson Mandela Bay
Bruce Sutherland City of Cape Town
The 2010 FIFA World CupTM will take place in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces. Ten stadiums arelocated in nine cities and will seat more than 570 000 people. popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the Green Point Stadium has a 70 000-seating capacity. Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium: Situated in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, the stadium was the first of the new stadiums to be completed and is already being used for various sporting events. It seats 50 000 people. Mbombela Stadium: Thestadium’s distinguishing features are the 18 supporting pillars that resemble giraffes. It is situated in Mpumalanga, which shares borders with Mozambique and Swaziland. Its seating capacity is 46 000. Peter Mokaba Stadium: The Peter Mokaba Stadium has a capacity of 46 000 seats and is located in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Soccer City Stadium: This stadium, situated in Johannesburg,Gauteng, will host the opening and final matches of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. The stadium has a seating capacity of 94 700. Durban Stadium: This stadium is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal port city of Durban. It is a new landmark in Durban with a giant steel arch 105 m above the middle of the pitch. It has a seating capacity of 70 000. Green Point Stadium: Situated on the edge of the Cape Town city centreand behind the Peter Mokaba
• Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, North West: seating capacity increased to 42 000. • Loftus Versveld Stadium, Tshwane/Pretoria, Gauteng: seating capacity now 50 000. • Free State Stadium, Mangaung/Bloemfontein, Free State: seating capacity increased to 45 000. • Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng: seating capacity...