Cheap tickets for SA fans

2007-11-23 00:00

Asked if the Category 4 pricing structure will deny international visitors on budgets an affordable World Cup, LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan replied: “Clearly the concept of what is affordable to a South African in South Africa is different to what is affordable to an Australian in Australia.

“The target market is the ordinary South African football fans, who are South Africans with low income. Having won this World Cup in South Africa on the back of passionate support of those football fans over many years, we think that it is the correct position not to deny them access.

“Many of them will walk to the stadium, they have no money for anything else. Therefore, it cannot apply to anyone who must still buy an airline ticket, or accommodation, or any other costs.”

The press briefing followed a five-hour meeting of the 2010 LOC board yesterday, which was sat on by Fifa president Sepp Blatter and general secretary Jerome Valcke, and addressed by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe.

Speaking to the media, Radebe said South Africa is far advanced in providing a transport infrastructure for 2010 that will “run so smoothly that it is invisible”.

“All that we are doing, we are doing for 2010, but also because we want to leave a lasting legacy to the people of South Africa in terms of appropriate public transport, of which our people will be proud.”

As an example, Radebe said the current capacity at OR Tambo airport is 18 million passengers per annum, which will rise to 25 million following the renovations geared towards 2010.

Khoza said that apart from the ticket pricing, the LOC and Fifa yesterday approved a tour operator programme, comprising a global network of operators selected by Fifa.

A contract was finalised between LOC and Johannesburg city council that the International Broadcasting Centre will be at Nasrec, and the board decided on Cape Town as the preferred city for the final draw in December 2009, subject to certain conditions.

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