World Cup sees 1m tourists – dept

2010-07-05 08:24

The number of foreign visitors entering South Africa during the

Fifa World Cup period has risen to one million, the home affairs department has

said.

“This figure is expected to rise further as the World Cup enters

the semi-finals and the final phases of the tournament,” said spokesperson

Ronnie Mamoepa.

The Movement Control System (MCS), which was launched by Home

Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and linked to the SA Revenue Service and

law enforcement agencies, had enabled the country to monitor movements of

persons entering the country, particularly during the period leading up to and

during the various phases of the World Cup.

The MCS recorded a total number of foreigners visiting the country

from June 1 to July 1 as 1 020 321 compared to 819 495 for the same period in

2009. This represented an increase of 200 826 or 25%.

“During the same period South Africa’s Advanced Passenger

Processing System witnessed a total of 43 undesirable individuals being

prohibited from boarding airlines abroad to enter South Africa.”

Home affairs airline liaison officers in various airports have

denied entry into South Africa to 188 persons due to possession of fraudulent

documents, including visas, permits, travel documents and stamps, as well as

failure to meet immigration requirements.

Mamoepa said the MCS had further recorded Lesotho, Zimbabwe,

Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Malalwi and Zambia as among the top visitors in

the country during the period. They were followed by the UK, US, Germany,

Australia, Brazil and Mexico.

Meanwhile, the World Cup quarter final clash between Argentina and

Germany drew a record 300 000 fans to Cape Town’s inner city on Saturday,

authorities said.

The Cape Town Stadium was filled to capacity with 64 100 spectators

while 42 000 people passed through the fan area on the Grand Parade during the

day, the city’s communications department has said.

 

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