South Africa on course
The board of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa TM held its first meeting of the year in Johannesburg on 5 and 6 February, while the first LOC general assembly took place at the same time. The big news was the announcement at a media conference of the five venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 (Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg) by LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan, chairman Irvin Khoza, FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi and FIFA vice-president David Will.
Khoza also announced the commencement of building work on the stadiums in Durban and Cape Town, with the excavation work on already under way. The LOC has obviously done its homework; at the stadium construction is now being carried out according to plan and is on budget. The stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM must be completed by 31 October 2009 at the latest, so that seating arrangements can be finalized in the seven months before the tournament kicks off.