2010 will benefit SA: survey

2009-05-06 16:32

Johannesburg - At least 89% of South Africans believe the 2010 Fifa World Cup will benefit the country, according to survey released on Wednesday.

This was 2% higher than in January, according to African Response's 2010 Barometer.

Support for the event was highest in Durban at 86%, followed by Johannesburg at 84% and Cape Town with 68%.

The survey, of 1 200 South Africans of various backgrounds, measured the nation's awareness and opinions of the World Cup. The first reading was taken in March 2006 and since then results had been released every three months.

Up to 88% of Johannesburg residents were the strongest believers in the significance of the event. Durbanites were second in line, with 85% believing the event was significant, while only 65% of Capetonians thought so.

At least 85% of those polled said they would watch the Fifa games on television. Ninety percent of Durbanites intended watching them on TV and 89% of Johannesburg residents.

Only 53% of respondents intended watching a live match, three percent less than in the last survey.

When asked about infrastructure, 64% believed SA's roads would be ready in time for the event. Confidence in public transport had decreased from 72% at the last reading to 70%.

Sixty percent of the 1 200 people polled believed the country would be able to supply enough electricity for the event, an increase of five percent since the last survey.

Asked about policing, 53% of Pretoria residents had faith in the country's security, compared to 76% of Johannesburg residents.

At least 78% of South Africans believe the stadiums would be completed on time.