The police, the national defence force and other security agencies will in March hold a much anticipated World Cup preparatory exercise in Gauteng and in the North West Province.
A South African National Defence Force spokesman says the exercise, allocated the name “Shield 3” is focused on practicing the FIFA World Cup national safety and security plan and entails a multi-departmental approach to safety and security.
The exercise is currently scheduled for 15-21 March and follows similar exercises in Cape Town, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth.
The exercise will seek to establish and exercise integrated interdepartmental command, control, coordination and operational procedures at the provincial level.
“Ex Shield 3 is aimed at establishing the concept for airspace control for the Gauteng & North West Provinces during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A joint operations centre will be established to conduct the exercise with the SA Air Force providing the bulk of the assets required for the execution of this phase of Ex Shield, and the services and divisions of the SANDF providing support as required.”
The police are the lead security agency for this June`s Confederations Cup and next year`s World Cup, with the SANDF, the intelligence services and other state departments – such as Home Affairs – in support.