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3.05.2008

South Africa wants to avoid power cuts during World Cup

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According to local sources, South Africa government intends to make sure there are no power cuts during the 2010 World Cup.

Indeed, the state electricity company said Tuesday resources will be allocated to avoid the kind of power shortage that disrupted the country's mining industry and triggered an $8 billion, five-year rescue plan.

It's important to know that Eskom director Johnny Dladla briefed FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke at a board meeting of the local organizing committee on Tuesday.

In fact, a recent FIFA inspection team declared satisfied with the progress toward stadium construction. "The inspection visit went very well," Valcke saluted. "For the World Cup, we are all on track."

However, the local committee said the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, one of the World Cup venues, may not be ready for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. That would be a very bad signal.

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