All eyes on S.A., Africa as a whole as World Cup set to kickoff (2)

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Meanwhile, South Africa has built five new stadiums and renovated five others to provide ten world class venues for the World Cup; the nation has put up a better public transport system, built better roads and telecommunications infrastructure, and launched airport-to-city service from the start of June. Healthcare system and South Africa police service (SAPS) have also been improved. From 2005/2006, the S.A. government has made a total investment of 170 billion Rand (about 21.5 billion US dollars) since 2005 to renovate and further improve its nationwide transport network.

Since its security and judicial efforts pose a biggest challenge, South Africa has intensified the fight against crimes with its immense financial, material and human power resources and to upgrade the security environment for the World Cup. More than 40,000 police would be on duty during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and security around stadiums and fan parks has been identified as a priority.

The majority of the police deployed for the tournament are well trained, and the tournament security plan has been planned by all… Furthermore, countries with a history of hooliganism have sent officers to spot troublemakers, and a group of police officials from 27 countries are now based in South Africa.

Grand global sporting events usually provide a boost to the host nation's economic growth and social progress, and the Africans, including people in South Africa, hope the Word Cup could provide an opportunity for the continent to improve its image among the people around the world while bringing to the continent much joy and fortune.

South Africa has been subjugated to a long, bloody history of bias, prejudice and oppression, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup allows soccer fans into it and people worldwide will take a new look at it and be able to see a thriving and optimistic South Africa as well as the African continent with infinite potential and possibilities.

By People's Daily Online and contributed by Li Xinfeng, a noted writer and a researcher of the Institute of West Asian & African Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

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