Polokwane, May 23 (IANS) South Africa’s Polokwane city is abuzz with activities as it gears up to host eight matches of the FIFA World Cup starting in June in the country.
Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe is impressed with the city’s preparations for the World Cup.
Teams from France, Argentina, Paraguay and Mexico will play their matches at the city’s Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Motlanthe, who chairs an inter-ministerial task group on the World Cup, Saturday visited the project sites to get a first hand information on the preparation, BuaNews reported.
The city infrastructure is being upgraded for the benefit of the visitors coming for the event.
A ‘cultural village’ is also being developed for the visitors.
Organisers said 10 different African countries would showcase their heritage and culture at the village. The aim is to strengthen ties among the African countries beyond the World Cup.
‘I am highly impressed with what I’ve seen and I’m convinced Polokwane will produce excellent shows during this World Cup,’ Motlanthe told reporters.
Thousands of visitors are expected in South Africa for the month-long event.