South Africa will deliver a world-class event that will forever change theperceptions of the international community, and also ensure a lasting legacy for the people of Africa.
– President Jacob Zuma, Republic of South Africa
South Africa has not only made its mark on international sports elds,
but has also successfully hosted a number of major internationalevents. These include, among other things, the 1995 World Cup,1996 African Cup of Nations, 2003 Cricket World Cup and the IndianPremier League in 2009. These events and the 2009 ConfederationsCup demonstrate South Africa’s readiness to host the 2010 FIFAWorld Cup
. The 2010 FIFA World Cup
will expose South Africa and the continentto the world, optimise tourism and other developmental opportunities,
promote soccer and foster pride and condence in Africa.When the rst match of the
2010 FIFA World Cup
kicks off in SouthAfrica, it will be the culmination of years of dedicated effort, planningand commitment. Long after the last whistle has blown, South Africaand Africa will continue to reap the rewards of its investments in thistournament, which have catalysed huge developments.All of South Africa has risen to the occasion to make this the bestWorld Cup ever.
SOUTH AFRICA IS READY TO HOST THE WORLD
We have every condence in our security establishment to secure this
we have no doubt that the World Cup will be a runaway success,
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Republic of South Africa
Before South Africa was granted the right to host the 2010 FIFA WorldCup
, national government departments provided 17 guaranteesto FIFA. Government has used these guarantees as the blueprintfor its preparations for the tournament. Since being awarded thebid, a coordinated and concentrated effort has been made by all therelevant departments to achieve these undertakings.
The South African Government is using the event to fast-track infrastructure development in the country and to provide a catalystfor regional and continental exposure and growth.