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Topnews, Press Review, FIFA World Cup 2010

27. May 2009

Cape Town's 2010 and beyond projects reaching completion

Multi million rand projects designed to take Cape Town to the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup spectacular and beyond are at their final stages of completion. These include the impressive new Central Terminal Building at the Cape Town International Airport, the Green Point and other Stadia, upgrading of the local roads network and eight new city hotels.

The first point of call for visitors will be the new airport building which is on schedule to be completed by November this year a few weeks before FIFA does the final draw for the World Cup Groups in December in Cape Town. The airport revamp includes an extra 4 000 parking bays and an automated baggage sorting system.

At the Green Point Stadium, construction workers have completed 70% of the work and are also on schedule to hand over the keys for the stadium to the City of Cape Town on December 14, this year. The City has listed several legacy projects which would be part of the city's plans beyond the soccer extravaganza.

Airport management says the world class facility will increase its capacity from eight million passengers at present to double that amount. The revamp adds over 100 000 square meters to the existing airport.

Cape Town International Airport’s Deon Cloete says that they are working very closely to integrate security to avert crime and drug smuggling at the airport. The final touches to the airport construction should be completed by March 2010.

South Africa will be hosting the 19th FIFA World Cup between 11 June and 11 July 2010. It will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by a nation in the Confederation of African Football.



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