South African legislators have sought to pass a draft law to regulate the country's hosting of the 2010 World Cup, local media reported on Wednesday.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Special Measures Bill, which was tabled in South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, provides for the issuing of visas and work permits to the delegates, personnel and commercial affiliates of the world soccer ruling body FIFA.
It empowers the country's trade and industry minister to determine a date for the termination of the world cup as a protected event in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act, and the Minister of Sport to declare certain stadiums and venues selected to host matches, the SAPA news agency reported.
It seeks to ensure that the national anthems and flags of participating countries may be played and flown, and suspends certain restrictions regarding the marketing, distribution and consumption of liquor for the duration of the event.
The Bill suspends certain restrictions and prohibitions on the sale of unregistered medicines and provides for the accreditation of foreign medical contingents, said the SAPA.
It also provides for access control measures and traffic-free zones at stadia and other venues, and for the promulgation of regulations by the ministers of sport and of safety and security.
The world's attention will shift onto South Africa following the conclusion of this year's World Cup tournament in Germany, which will kick off on Friday.
South Africa will have a lot to do such as building new stadia and improving infrastructure to prepare for the world soccer extravaganza.