District kick-starts Fifa 2010 projects

2008-10-07 00:00

Umgungundlovu District Municipality will tomorrow kick-start its three-day District 2010 Indaba at the Golden Horse Casino with a gala dinner that is expected to attract business people and other stakeholders in preparation for the 2010 soccer World Cup and beyond.

The indaba is being organised in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Housing and Traditional Affairs and the local municipalities that fall under the district. District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee told The Witness that the indaba aims to maximise socio-economic opportunities flowing from the upcoming World Cup tournament.

He said the indaba will attract key stakeholders such as national and provincial departments, sporting bodies, parastatals, the private sector, and non-governmental and community-based organisations to share ideas and map a common plan of action that will benefit citizens within the district. Bhamjee said the strategic objectives of the indaba are to:

• assess the district’s “state of readiness”;

• provide input towards the emerging 2010 business plan;

• leverage private sector involvement;

• identify opportunities for skills development, tourism and community mobilisation, and

• deliberate on sports development and the 2010 legacy projects.

Bhamjee said well known speakers from different fields of expertise will set the tone for the three-day indaba.

“The Harry Gwala Stadium’s revamp will be used as the catalyst for the district’s plans to attract businesses, tourists and community participation for a successful and lasting World Cup experience …”

He said big corporates such as Coca-Cola and MTN will be approached to partner with the district for the World Cup.

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