South Africa ready for the World Cup

South Africa ready for the World Cup

South Africa ready for the World Cup

Back in 2004, when South Africa won the right to host the 2010 World Cup tournament, just few thought that this African country will manage to pull it through. With one month before the first match, organizers announced that the preparations are finally over, and the country is ready for the kick-off.

Danny Jordaan, the head of South Africa’s Organizing Committee proudly announced that the country completed all of the 10 stadiums that will host the World Cup’s 64 matches. The total investment made for the upgrading the most needed stadiums reached two billion dollars. The government also spent about $2 billion to improve the transportation infrastructure.

The South African government also built a new Airport 35-kilometers north of Durban. The new billion-dollar facility is ready to handle more than seven-million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo a year, South African President, Jacob Zuma, saig that the new Airport will support the future economic growth in the region.

Other upgrades were made to the to the country’s road network and to the old airports of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. Another budget of over $100 million is used to improve security, and to pay the 40,000 police officers that will ensure the peace at all World Cup events.

Due to the huge amounts of money invested and the project that were finalized, South Africa is one of the few lucky countries that didn’t suffer any consequences from global crisis.

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