South Africa's successful bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ has proven to be a major catalyst for positive development in South Africa and one sector that is seeing the lion's share of this is the construction industry.
As South Africa gears up to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the need for construction is ever increasing. From the upgrading of the transport infrastructure, hotel and accommodation facilities as well as the 10 world class stadiums which are either being refurbished or built from scratch in nine host cities, construction companies and the workers are receiving a major boost in these tough economic times.
With development on such a large scale it is important to remember the contribution of the construction workers to South Africa's successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and judging from today's visit by Builders and Wood Workers International (BWI), an international federation campaigning for fair working conditions around the world, the World Cup is only a benefit to them.
"This is my first time in South Africa and this is my first inspection of a South African site and my impressions of the conditions at Soccer City stadium are positive. In fact the organisation and conditions on site are a lot better than a lot of sites I have been to," said the Italian based Vice-President for BWI, Vasco Pedrina.
For the Vice President of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) and an Executive Member of BWI, Crosby Moni, the inspection over the weekend was a great showcase of how the world, as well as South Africa, can benefit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
"We are not only setting parameters for South Africa, but for events around the world. The standards that will be set in South Africa will be the standards of the world in the construction sector".
For BWI regional representative, Crecentia Mofokeng, the 2010 FIFA World Cup has permanently altered the construction landscape of South Africa.
"Before South Africa won the bid the construction sector was not doing so well, but now the successful bid for 2010 has raised the hopes for construction workers to now get a job".
Over the next week the trade union delegation plans to visit both Green Point stadium in Cape Town - whose workers recently started to lift the roof into place - as well as the workers at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban who recently completed the now-iconic arch over the stadium.