2010 World Cup effects still being felt – De Lille

2011-07-11 11:15

One year after it happened, the effects of the 2010 Fifa World Cup are still being felt by the country and Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille said today.

Not only did the tournament create lasting memories rooted in a shared celebration of South Africa’s diversity, it created more tangible legacies as well, she said at the launch of the Green Goal 2010 Legacy Report.

“All of us experienced the thrill and excitement of the tournament in some way. Whether at the stadium, the fan parks, public areas or our own homes, we all lived the tournament some way.
“Apart from the tremendous demonstration of world-class athletes, the World Cup reminded us of what made us great.

“It showed that when you strip everything else away, we are a people who are diverse to be sure, but with much in common.

“We celebrated together in ways that would not have seemed possible just a few years ago,” De Lille said.

If the World Cup left a legacy of unity, it also left legacies of projects that would survive long after the last whistle was blown.

These projects and initiatives would remain in the city.

One of these was the award-winning Green Goal Programme.

Funding from the Royal Danish Embassy made it possible to considerably reduce the carbon footprint through installing energy-efficient fittings into certain council buildings, LED lights both in the Green Point Stadium and at traffic intersections, installing solar water heaters in Darling, and constructing a hydroelectric turbine to generate electricity within the new-look Green Point Park.

Cape Town was playing a leading role in embracing several Green Goal projects, especially climate change and biodiversity.

The significant investment in clean and green technologies to minimise the carbon footprint of the 2010 stadiums and other operational areas of the World Cup demonstrated Cape Town’s strong commitment to climate change issues, De Lille said.

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