Shout-Africa News – SOUTH AFRICA – The South African cabinet says it is extremely satisfied with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The fans have braved the cold and have come out in large numbers to watch the games. All the matches have lived up to the occasion.
“Cabinet congratulates all those who were involved in the organisation of the 2010 FIFA World Opening Ceremony that took place on Friday 11 June.”
The eyes of more than 500 million citizens from around the world were focused on Soweto’s 95 000 seater Soccer City stadium. Millions of viewers were watching a story from Africa and for a change; the story was a celebration of an achievement, namely, the hosting of the biggest sporting event in the world. This ceremony demonstrated South Africa’s ability to organise world-class events and will go along way towards challenging afro-pessimism that still exists in many parts of the world.
Government has called on host cities to do their best to give information to the public about logistics for the games.
“We appeal to all football fans to refrain from using their private cars to the stadiums as this is causing the huge traffic congestions on our roads. “
The South African Police and other security agencies are ready to deal with any situation of unruly and criminal behaviour from anyone. The police are also available to assist the LOC and FIFA in any situation that may arise, such as the impromptu strike by the security guards at the Cape Town’s Green point stadium.
Cabinet also noted that President Jacob Zuma will host a Summit of Heads of State of the South African Custom Union (SACU) Summit on 15-16 July 2010 The Summit will discuss the challenges facing the Union.