A number of 2010 projects have been completed in Polokwane. These include the upgrading of the bus terminal, the widening and extension of a number of streets and the completion of a study to develop an intelligent transport system. A project to install a closed-circuit television (CCTV) network in the centre of Polokwane, which started on 30 March 2009 and is expected to be completed on 20 April 2010, is already 70 percent complete.
The final 2010 Visitor Information Centre (VIC), which will ensure that tourists arriving for the World Cup get the best advice and information, was opened in Nelspruit at the end of last year. This ended the Department of Tourism's national project to start such centres in five 2010 host cities. Other VICs opened since the start of the project are in Port Elizabeth , Polokwane, Rustenburg and Bloemfontein.
- Department of Tourism
Durban's transport system is putting final touches in place to accommodate visitors during the World Cup. A public transport call centre, which will give information to commuters and tourists on travel options within the city, is in progress. Phase two of the project, is already 95 percent complete. Construction work on Walter Gilbert Street, which will be the access route to the stadium, as well as pedestrian routes, a bus terminal, parking and the stadium entrance, is almost 70 percent complete.
Port Elizabeth's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is progressing well. Lanes for the system along Govan Mbeki Avenue are 70 percent complete and are expected to be completed at the end of January. Other BRT lanes in the city are expected to be completed by the end of February.
As part of the province's preparations for 2010, the national Department of Transport is upgrading the temporary park-and-ride facilities in Rustenburg that were used during the Confederations Cup. The city will host six World Cup matches including England against the USA on 12 June and Ghana against Australia on 19 June.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe recently visited households in Donkerhoek and Generations in Jacobsdal near Bloemfontein. He said he was satisfied with progress made since government's anti-poverty campaign was started in the area in 2008. The campaign does not only focus on ensuring that people have food on their plates, but also teaches them to produce their own food. In addition, it also ensures that they have identity documents to enable them to access government grants and other essential services.
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