Only perimeter of Soccer City needs sprucing up: Jordaan

2010-02-27 12:35

WORLD Cup organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan emphasised yesterday that Soccer City stadium in Soweto was 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 is 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 week-long tour to all the host cities in the country 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 strengthened as the 100-day countdown to kick-off begins.

“I hope there won’t be any questions about the tournament after all this time I will be spending with you,” Jordaan quipped.

Earlier, during a visit to Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, general secretary Joel Stransky commended the stadium as having been “good” for the Confedarations Cup and said he hoped that would be the case during the World Cup.

Gauteng’s Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, when asked about what effect traffic congestion would have during the soccer tournament, said although there was a traffic management plan in place, traffic would always be a problem because Johannesburg was a “vibrant city”.

“It will scale down after all the roadworks that are taking place have been completed. You will find there is traffic congestion 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 on highways around Gauteng.

The tour ends on Wednesday after a gala dinner in Durban to be attended by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

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