Pressespiegel, FIFA WM 2010
07. Mai 2009
All 2010 major projects will be completed before deadline: Jordaan
With 400 days to the FIFA Soccer World Cup and just 38 days to the Confederations Cup, Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chief Executive Danny Jordaan, says all major challenges have been overcome.
Soccer City is 80% finished and Jordaan says other major projects will be completed before deadline. The tournament amongst other things, will help to address the high unemployment rate, and the legacy will be measured for years to come.
Jordaan says: "In the process we have turned many dreams into realities, and contribute to further improvement and expansion of our infrastructure and I think we all feel it was a road worth travelling." But apart from the bigger picture, it is the little touches of South Africa that will leave a lasting impression on the world.
Meanwhile, South Africa has achieved another milestone ahead of next month's Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The revamped Rand Stadium will be officially opened in two weeks time when it hosts the Nedbank Cup final, between the University of Pretoria and Moroka Swallows.
The Rand Stadium was once the home ground of Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs. The oldest stadium in Johannesburg, with a rich history, was closed in 2006 for renovations. After a R76-million face-lift, the venue with a capacity of 25 000 is ready to host a Cup final again.