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Soccer City complete

2010-02-27 07:12

Johannesburg - World Cup organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan emphasised on Friday that Soccer City stadium in Soweto is now complete despite the fact that construction was still continuing outside its perimeter.

"We must agree to reflect the reality of a complete stadium. The outer perimeter, the beautification of the environment, is not complete but we musn't conclude that it's incomplete."

"Soccer matches don't take place outside the perimeter but inside the stadium," said Jordaan.

He was speaking to a large group of local and international journalists at the stadium south of Johannesburg , during the commencement of a weeklong tour to all the host cities in the country, which was organised by Fifa.

This was to showcase the stadiums in all the host cities, give a sense of the country's state of readiness and how operations were being streghthened as the 100 days countdown before kickoff begins.

"I hope there won't be any questions about the tournament after all this time I will be spending with you," he jokingly said.

Earlier, during a visit at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, general secretary Joel Stransky commended the stadium as being a "good" stadium for the Confedaration Cup, saying he hoped it would be the case during the World Cup.

When questioned about the impact traffic congestion will have during the tournament, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said though there was a traffic management plan in place, traffic will always be a problem because Gauteng was a "vibrant" city.

"It will scale down after all the road works that are taking place. You will find traffic in all vibrant cities around the world," she said.

"The world cup gave us an opportunity to upgrade roads."

Three additional lanes were being added to ease congestion highways around Gauteng.

The tour will end off on March 3 after a Gala dinner in Durban to be attended by deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

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