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And doubts being cast over 2010 are quite reasonable, in fact more pressure should be applied, south africa has amazing preparation and plans, but the construction needs to start.

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And doubts being cast over 2010 are quite reasonable, in fact more pressure should be applied, south africa has amazing preparation and plans, but the construction needs to start.

I'm glad to see you think that way Mo. I'm sure South Africa can and will do it, but it doesn't hurt to get a kick in the arse to get things moving sometimes.

So if Beckenbauer's not up for the UEFA presidency, who is? Haven't seen Zeneca around here for a while to keep us appraised of the Platini campaign.

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Airport rail link on the cards for Cape Town

By Staff Writer

Cape Town could soon join the ranks of world cities with a direct rail link to its international airport.

This is one of a string of possible improvements to Capetonians' lives triggered by the 2010 World Cup.

The proposals emerge from a comprehensive transport plan presented to the council's transport portfolio committee.

Other plans to improve mobility around the city include 190-kilometre of cycle tracks, with a circular route for commuters linking Blouberg with the city centre, and the re-introduction of late-night trains.

Late-night trains are also on the cards

The city's acting executive director of transport, roads and stormwater, Maddie Mazaza, said this morning that a comprehensive airport rail link plan dating from 2000 was being closely re-examined.

"Just a short new link from the airport would be necessary to link into the existing rail network," she explained. "It would be fantastic. We need quick access for high volumes into the CBD. We are now going to cost it.

"But it would be expensive, so we will look at private concessionaires - they should be encouraged to participate."

Sources said another plan being considered was a light rail system alongside the N1, possibly elevated.

One expert said: "A direct rail link with the airport would, in one fell swoop, cut out traffic congestion and delays as well as the airport's parking nightmare."

'We are currently owed R3,5-billion'

Neil Muller, transport manager for the Western Cape, said on Friday: "Rail access to the airport is part of being a world-class city. And Cape Town is definitely on that path."

As to the plan for a cycle track, Mazaza said it would run parallel to the R27, "where we will also have lanes specially for public transport - so they will work together".

"The team that has been working with us has been to the Netherlands and to Sweden (to examine international best practice)."

A Cape Argus test last year showed that cyclists could reach the city in less than half the time of motorists crawling in morning traffic from Tableview.

Late-night trains are also on the cards.

Mazaza said the city aimed to have train running times extended from the current 16 hours a day back to 22, as in years past.

In rush hour, rail commuters would also be treated to trains every five minutes. Currently the gap is more than 10 minutes.

Commenting on the proposal for a direct rail link with the airport, mayor Helen Zille said on Friday: "It would really be ideal."

Zille said she had been invited on Thursday to Curitiba, in southern Brazil, a city widely acclaimed as "providing the world with a model of how to integrate sustainable transport considerations into business development, road infrastructure development and local community development", according to the Curitiba website.

Of Cape Town's plans, Zille said: "An integrated public transport infrastructure must be the great public legacy of 2010. That is what we're driving towards - transport is our lead project."

Mazaza said R190-million had been allocated to continue improving roads between the city centre and airport.

Other plans included allocating R90-million to implement the long-awaited Klipfontein Corridor plan.

Zille said the World Cup had helped weld a close working relationship between the province and the city in the past six months.

"Not only do we have an effective joint 2010 team, but there has been outstanding co-operation between the city's transport and the province's transport team to look at the best interests of the region and to bring forward many of the much- longer-term plans, so that we can implement them in time for 2010."

Zille added: "But we need people to pay what they owe the city so that we can do all of these things. We are currently owed R3,5-billion. We could do a lot with that."

On the proposed rail link with the airport, the head of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Albert Schuitmaker, said such a plan would need to include developing a terminal in the city centre.

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Airport in relation to existing rail network.

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Just a request, Mo -- but could you just post the link to the respective article and (if necessary) some personal comments only in the future? That would be easier to read -- and additionally, it could raise a copyright problem when you paste the whole articles into the forum.

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copyright? lol. articles have been posted on these forums for ages. i shall in future post the headline and the link. thanks

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copyright? lol. articles have been posted on these forums for ages. i shall in future post the headline and the link. thanks

In terms of the copyright: I'm just a little bit cautious since I'm active in another forum here in Germany where it is strictly forbidden to paste complete articles. It's because the moderators there got problems with the respective authors.

But thanks that you want to post the headline and the link only. That'll certainly increase the reading convenience a lot.

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Work on Cape Town's (30,000) 2010 practice venue nears completion

September 2006:

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The grandstand is currently being replicated on the opposite side. The large streel trusses are now in place on the side under construction, this image is however not a recent one.

Other Cape Town 2010 practice venue:

Newlands (50,000)

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Work about to start at Cape Town International - The airport which currently sees traffic of about 6 -7 million passengers annualy will now be able to meet capacities of over 10 million annually. A dedicated airport rail link will startet next year well.

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&am...60480160309S616

Site of the new stadium for Cape Town in 2010

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Hotels fill up for 2010 World Cup

By Gill Gifford, Phomello Molwedi and Jermaine Craig

Many of Joburg's top hotels are already fully booked for the 2010 World Cup. The Westcliff, the city's most elite place to stay, has no rooms available over the 2010 period.

Hans Prenner, general manager of the Michaelangelo in Sandton, today said his hotel was also already fully booked.

And this is likely to be the case for many other hotels as they are quickly filling up four years ahead of the big event.

According to the 2010 organising committee's latest progress report released last week, 18 584 hotel rooms have already been contracted for the event.

Of those, 5 732 are in Johannesburg, which will host the contest's opening match and final, and 4 463 are in Cape Town.

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FIFA snaps up 4,000 Cape Town Hotel rooms

http://www.iol.co.za/general/news/newsprin...C688749&sf=

I really hope the start bringing in the cruise liners to give Cape Town real experience in providing accommodation for large events. The Dubai and London consortium that bought the waterfront are hoping to bring in at least five extra hotels by 2010. This will give Cape Town a real boost in providing accommodation that is adequate for a future Olympic bid.

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Hotels fill up for 2010 World Cup

By Gill Gifford, Phomello Molwedi and Jermaine Craig

Many of Joburg's top hotels are already fully booked for the 2010 World Cup. The Westcliff, the city's most elite place to stay, has no rooms available over the 2010 period.

Hans Prenner, general manager of the Michaelangelo in Sandton, today said his hotel was also already fully booked.

And this is likely to be the case for many other hotels as they are quickly filling up four years ahead of the big event.

According to the 2010 organising committee's latest progress report released last week, 18 584 hotel rooms have already been contracted for the event.

Of those, 5 732 are in Johannesburg, which will host the contest's opening match and final, and 4 463 are in Cape Town.

I actually don't understand how it's possible that so many people have already booked their hotel rooms for the 2010 World Cup -- while the dates of the World Cup have still not been announced yet. Or did I miss that?

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I actually don't understand how it's possible that so many people have already booked their hotel rooms for the 2010 World Cup -- while the dates of the World Cup have still not been announced yet. Or did I miss that?

That's the bloc-booking by both the Official FIFA family (broadcasters, etc.), and those of tour agency packagers.

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fans will have to bring tents and rough it out at various parks :)

Cape Town wants to be media centre for World Cup

http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/econ...x?ID=BD4A288714

SA World Cup gets accommodation boost

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/6047476.stm

I think Cape Town should host the Media in 2010, It will provide much expertise and knowledge when it comes to an Olympic bid and actually hosting the world's media in future in the IBC or MPC, although much larger facilities would then be needed.

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According to The Star, the committee has set the following targets for completion of South Africa's 2010 stadiums:

* Soccer City (FNB Stadium), Johannesburg (upgrade) - 30 months

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* King Senzangakhona Stadium, Durban (construction) - 34 months

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* Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane (construction)- 28 months

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* Loftus Versveld Stadium, Pretoria (upgrade) - 18 months

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* Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town (upgrade) - 31 months

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* Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth (construction) - 24 months

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* Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg (upgrade) - 20 months

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* Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein (upgrade) - 18 months

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* Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg (upgrade) - 19 months

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* Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (construction) - 27 months

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2010 winter shivers for Fifa

18/10/2006 21:46 - (SA)

http://www.news24.com/News24/Sport/Soccer/...2016072,00.html

I think it's unlikely that FIFA shifts the World Cup to another time of year. That would be very difficult in terms of the playing seasons of the European clubs. Otherwise those would have to be shifted, too. But I don't expect that to happen. And I thought that your country actually has pretty pleasant weather in the winter?!

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most of the country except PE and cape town has pleasant weather...in the winter months of June to August average temperatures are between 7 to 20 degrees Celsius (45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Cape Town winter can get a bit windy and rainy...however still better weather than when England hosted the cricket world cup.

Although Cape Town winters have a reputation for rain and wind, they often produce perfect days or even weeks. Some climatic change seems to have reduced winter rainfall, and when it"s not raining, winter becomes a perfect green season, when temperatures can reach a summery 26C (80F) or higher. Capetonians watching the World Cricket Cup being played in England in June regularly enjoyed temperatures and weather much more suitable for cricket here than they were there.

Cape Town's stadium will have a retractable roof though...

This link provides average winter temperatures.

http://www.uncoverthecape.co.za/weather-re...ogical-info.htm

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most of the country except PE and cape town has pleasant weather...in the winter months of June to August average temperatures are between 7 to 20 degrees Celsius (45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). Cape Town winter can get a bit windy and rainy...however still better weather than when England hosted the cricket world cup.

Although Cape Town winters have a reputation for rain and wind, they often produce perfect days or even weeks. Some climatic change seems to have reduced winter rainfall, and when it"s not raining, winter becomes a perfect green season, when temperatures can reach a summery 26C (80F) or higher. Capetonians watching the World Cricket Cup being played in England in June regularly enjoyed temperatures and weather much more suitable for cricket here than they were there.

Cape Town's stadium will have a retractable roof though...

This link provides average winter temperatures.

http://www.uncoverthecape.co.za/weather-re...ogical-info.htm

OK -- but you'll certainly agree with me that it's not necessary to shift the whole tournament just because two of ten venues tend to have unpleasant weather. For FIFA, the weather was no problem either when it elected Germany as 2006 host. And Germany has experienced terribly cold and rainy summers already -- for example, during the 1974 World Cup or (partly) in the summer of 2000 when the 2006 host country election took place. So I wish South Africa good luck also with the weather -- I hope that it will turn out as such a pleasant surprise like the weather during our recent World Cup. ;)

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well they will have some options...either moving towards the end of june...or earlier as in germany 2006...the university and school holidays will most likely be moved based on the timing of the world cup to free up volunteers and to reduce the traffic on the roads.

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I hope it has 'African' things, totally different from those German things

Hey the last tower in Madrid looks like this one in Monterrey. I wonder if it was the same Architect?? :)

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