South African President Thabo Mbeki opened the kick-off workshop for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in Cape Town on Tuesday, 24 October 2006.
Addressing over 200 representatives from the South African government, municipal and provincial governments, stadium operators, commercial partners, the South African local organising committee (SAOC) and FIFA, President Mbeki stated: "May the fairest Cape inspire all of us to bring hope in 2010 to millions across the world, utilising the fairest game of them all, football, so that FIFA, Africa and the entire global football family do indeed 'Win in Africa with Africa'."
"2010 provides South Africa with a golden opportunity. It is kick-off time for the real, hard work to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup a success," President Mbeki added.
Speaking in representation of FIFA President Joseph Blatter, Dr Amos Adamu, member of the FIFA Executive Committee, is convinced that the Rainbow Nation will be up to the task: "Come 2010, the world will salute South Africa for having made the most important single-sport event a success."
SAOC Chief Executive Danny Jordaan reported on behalf of the Organising Committee and the work accomplished so far, while SAOC Chairman Irvin Khoza emphasised: "The 2010 FIFA World Cup will not be hosted by the SAOC or the South African Football Association but by all of the 44 million South Africans."
The first day of the workshop at the Cape Town International Conference Centre focused on the exchange of information between all stakeholders, with several ministers reporting on the work of their respective ministries in the build-up to 2010. Updates were provided by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and by Rev. Makhenkesi Stofile (Minister of Sport and Recreation), Jeff Radebe (Minister of Transport), Jabu Moleketi (Deputy Minister of Finance), Charles Nqakula (Minister of Safety and Security) and Marthinus van Schalkwyk (Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism).
On 25 October, specific matters will be addressed separately in workshops involving the commercial partners and the host cities and stadium operators. Parallel to these events, FIFA and SAOC will also host a workshop for South African media and foreign correspondents.
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