Durban more than ready, says sutcliffe

2010-06-05 00:00

IT’S all systems go as Durban counts down to host the Fifa World Cup.

eThekwini city manager Michael Sutcliffe said that Durban’s infrastructure is world-class.

“Our people are amazing and we are the warmest place to be for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We have built incredible infrastructure,” he said

Sutcliffe said Moses Mab­hida stadium, King Shaka Airport, the revamped Princess Magogo, King Zwelithini and Sugar Ray Xulu venues, the revamped beachfront, KwaMnyandu station in KwaMashu, KwaMashu town centre and public transport are all ready.

The promenade, a major part of the R200 million beach upgrade, stretches from Ushaka Beach to the Country Club Beach.

Included is a walkway that leads from Moses Mabhida Stadium to the beach.

It has been widened to a width of 15 metres and can accommodate walkers and cyclists.

Huge palm trees and lush grass have been planted and floodlights have been installed along the promenade.

“Operationally, we are ready, having fine-tuned how the city will be managed during the mega-event, from ensuring that we are a caring city to ensuring that our safety and security works effectively,” he said.

Sutcliffe added that the patriotic fervour of people has become louder and louder.

“The spirit of volunteerism is also coming to the fore and we are all getting caught up with it. Almost everything we have done is about ensuring that what we do for the event will leave a sustainable legacy,” he said.

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