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A vibrant, lively mix of energy and diversity, Gauteng is renowned for being South Africa's and, indeed Africa's, economic, financial, business and entertainment epi-centre.

Gauteng consists of 6 regions; Johannesburg, West Rand, Sedibeng, Metsweding, Tshwane / Pretoria & Ekurhuleni

The smallest yet wealthiest province in South Africa - covering only 18 810 square kilometres - Gauteng is a unique fusion of democratic and traditional values. So take time to peel away perceptions of business suits and briefcases and discover there is more depth to Gauteng than meets the eye.

South Africa is known for its beautiful cities and diverse destinations - so why should you choose Gauteng as your meetings venue?  Simply - as the country's business capital and gateway to the rest of the continent, no other province in South Africa can offer you quite as much.

FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS

•                Preliminary Draw, November 2007

•                Final Draw for Confederations Cup, Nov 2008

•                Team Workshop, 2008

•                Referees Workshop, 2009

•                FIFA Confederations Cup, 14-28 June 2009

•                Final Draw, 4 December 2009

•                Referees/Team Workshop, 2010

•                FIFA Congress, 2010

•                FIFA World Cup, 11 June – 11 July 2010

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

•                Match Stadia Progress

•                Soccer City: Delivery in May/June 2009

•                Ellis Park: Delivery in March 2009

•                Loftus: Delivery in March 2009 

TRAINING (PRACTICE) VENUES PROGRESS

•                Orlando Stadium:  On track

•                Dobsonville Stadium: On track

•                Rand Stadium: On track

•                HM Pitje: Phase II in March 2009

•                Sinaba Stadium: Phase II in March 2009

•                Super Stadium: On track

•                Giant Stadium: On track

TRANSPORT AND ROADS

•                South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) – Implementing agent of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

•                Key networks, including N1 (Soweto to N4), N3 (Alberton to Buccleuch),  Sections of N12, Albertina Sisulu Freeway (R21), R24 and K29 (Lanseria Airport Road) and Wonderboompoort Road.

•                Bus Rapid Transit system implemented in host cities

•                Upgrading of difficult interchanges, including  the: Gillooly's (R24 & N3) and all other congested interchanges.

•                The Allandale road (N1/M1), next to Midrand is also one of them.

•                Upgrade taking place at Atterbury bridge on N1

•                Seven new bridges on N1

•                Extension of the N17 (Nasrec Link to Soweto).

•                Gautrain and rail improvement to reduce passenger and cargo load on the roads

TRANSPORT AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

•                Intelligent Transports System being installed in major roads

•                Smart cards as a proven technology in modern public transport ticketing systems on track.

•                Commuters will only need one ticket to pay for a Gautrain

•                Train trip; a Gautrain bus trip and car parking.

•                Integrating Gautrain’s ticketing system with other modes of public transport, Gautrain will bring greater economic

•                Mobility and social development to the people of Gauteng.

•                Network Management Centre in Midrand for coordination of traffic information

•                Recruitment of more metro police to assist in all functions including traffic management

•                Provincial Traffic Unit is coordinating all traffic management

•                Efforts of both host and non-host cities

•                Working on park `n ride to match venues to avoid congestion, Johannesburg piloting park `n ride facilities in 702 Walk the Talk

•                Volunteers to be trained on traffic management, Health/Medical Services during the World Cup, the National Health Operations Centre (Nathoc)

ALL STADIUMS WILL INCLUDE:

•                fully equipped medical centres,

•                medical posts for primary healthcare, as well as

•                visible health personnel within the stadium and stadium precinct.

•                Such provisions will also be in place in fan parks and other official World

•                Cup-related venues as required.

EMERGENCY CENTRE:

The emergency centre in Midrand was launched last in November 2007. Improvements being undertaken

DISASTER MANAGEMENT SERVICES

•                The Disaster Management Plan was launched and is operational.

•                The capacity of the province to respond to major disasters such as chemical spillages, road accidents, stadium disasters and natural disasters has been improved by the completion of the Disaster Management Centre: opened in November 2007.

•                A Disaster Management Mobile Unit that will ensure on-site coordination of disaster relief in the offing.

•                Management strategies (World Cup and Gautrain) for disaster and risk reduction are developed

•                Coordination with municipalities on disaster management is being improved

•                Security, Ports of Entry and Protocol

•                Gauteng Community Safety participating in LOC 2010 Safety and Security Workstream

•                A Security Plan has being developed and will be implemented in conjunction with the LOC.

•                Provincial Safety and Security Summit being planned in conjunction with LOC Safety Unit

•                Gauteng will also focus amongst others on:

•                Enhancing capacity of the Community Police Forums.

•                Street Committees

•                Community Safety to be part of the Volunteer Program

•                ORTA Construction for World Cup to be completed early next year

•                Airport Management Centre to be opened in August 2008

•                A control room with SAPS to monitor operation in the airport

•                Improvement system on baggage handling

•                Volunteer to be trained for all FIFA events

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES

•                GDACE fast tracking of environmental impact assessments of all 2010 infrastructure development projects

•                Greening of 2010 World Cup through implementation of waste management campaign and the use of water and serving technology

•                COJ planting trees and building eco-parks more especially in townships

•                Implementation of anti-litter campaigns and buy-back centres

•                Implementation of initiatives to prevent trafficking in endangered flora and fauna

•                Monitors the development of projects in accordance to the environmental impact legislations and frameworks.

FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT

•                Partner with SAFA Gauteng to promote soccer development in the Province, including a clubs system,

•                Partner with SAFA Gauteng to support the effective management, administration and development of coaches and match officials

•                Partner with SAFA Gauteng to support development programs to enhance participation in soccer in schools and communities including the Wednesday sport games, as well as talent identification and development

•                Partner with the Gauteng Football Legends for talent identification and promotion.

•                Identify a football centre for artificial turfs

•                Promote Gauteng as a home of competitive soccer by bidding for hosting events in the run-up to 2010. Soccerex also a football development expo more on the business level

•                COJ on 5 April 2008 launched a One Million football Fan Campaign to garner membership under Joburg United Team

•                Partner with SAFSA to garner Gauteng members for Bafana-Bafana

FAN FEST and PUBLIC VIEWING

•                One fan park for every match venue: 2 fan parks for Johannesburg and 1 for Tshwane / Pretoria

•                2 public viewing sites for COJ: Walter Sisulu Square and Innes Free Park (Sandton)

•                Organized and developed public viewing spaces should be safe, secure and accessible environment

•                Piloted with Telkom Charity at Dorothy Nyembe Park in August 2007 and Rugby World Cup finals at Kliptown - Soweto and Church Square - Pretoria / Tshwane in October 2007, Bafana-Bafana qualifiers in June 2008

•                For the Confederations Cup 2009 and the 2010 World Cup (Pilot projects continue in 2008: targeting some games will be hosting)

•                COJ: Mary Fitzgerald Square (Fan Park), Innes Free Park (Sandton) and Walter Sisulu Square as public viewing facilities

•                Other municipalities are in a process of identifying and costing public viewing sites

•                SABC to grant free access to broadcast signals for non-commercials for Confederations Cup and World Cup

•                COJ: Adopt-a-Fan Program to be launched

HOSTING AND COMMUNICATION

•                Developing a new 2010 dedicated website and link it with FIFA/LOC website

•                Engaging media houses for slots and spaces in both electronic and print media

•                Use major events of the Province to communicate on 2010 issues

•                Implement a capacity building program for the hospitality sector

•                Stakeholder meetings to communicate and listen to concerns and ideas

•                Build on the concept of marketing of the Province as an investment, sporting, tourism and cultural destination

•                Development of messages around tourist destinations such as Cullinan Diamond Mine; OR Tambo and Chris Hani Memorials, Sharpeville Massacre Memorial; Constitution Hill and Apartheid Museum;  Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and the Dinokeng Game Reserve.

•                GTA improving tourism offerings in the areas of competitive sport and the creative industries.

•                Only graded attractions will be able to offer official accommodation.

•                Provision of support to International Broadcast Centre at NASREC.

YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Hosting the 2010 World Cup provides a unique opportunity for young people in our Province to gain skills & work experience in a wider range of areas such as:

•                foreign language interpretation;

•                call centre operation

•                tour guiding.

•                marshalling and ushering etc

•                Host Cities on a campaign of organizing ambassadors

•                The Gauteng Province in partnership with LOC, municipalities will this year embark on identification of volunteers (both specific and general) for Confederations Cup & followed by World Cup volunteers in 2009

•                Volunteer Program Concept Document  developed & LOC/Host City recruitment starting on 1 July – 31 August 2008  

•                The implementation of the Gauteng Integrated Youth Development Strategy. The Gauteng Youth Commission last year launched the National Youth Service Program to link young people to skills development projects offered by different departments within the province.  GYC will manage and coordinate the identification, selection, training and deployment of the program.

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