Cabinet briefed on 2010 preparations

Cabinet has been briefed on preparations for next year’s FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 Soccer World Cup tournaments.
In a statement released this morning, the executive says the progress report indicated that preparations for the two mega events “were on track”.
“The progress report included the following; construction programme for the stadia was on track to meet all FIFA deadlines even though cost escalation still remains a challenge; Telkom`s upgrade of its core fibre-optic network is progressing according to plan and is due for completion in the last quarter of 2008; the Public Transport Infrastructure Support programme is being implemented with most infrastructure either under construction or scheduled to start this year; Eskom has guaranteed that stadia construction and the soccer tournaments will not be adversely affected by any power outages; Safety, Security and the Disaster management plans have been completed.”
No further details were given.
The SA Police Service is lead agency for event security, as it was during previous major events, including the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2003 Cricket equivalent. 
Both the police and the SA National Defence Force have been holding joint and several training exercises since last year to prepare for the event. The police have also been upgrading capacity, notably taking possession of the first two of six new helicopters last week.
The intelligence services and the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) are also involved in the preparations. While nothing is publicly known about the intelligence community`s arrangements for the event, it will likely focus on preventing rightwing, jihadist or international terror attacks, and preventing violent left wing social movement protests. Various social movements protested peacefully during the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Sandton, Johannesburg.        
The DHA`s preparations, notably the R2.5 billion “Who am I” identity management project, is again threatening to come off the rails.
Ironically, while Home Affairs minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was briefing Cabinet on achievements regarding her department`s “turnaround programme”, Parliament was roasting her director general Mavuso Msimang on its perceived failure.