Africans cry foul over SA handling of Confederations Cup for 2010

PRETORIA --(CAJ News), THE recently launched volunteers recruitment programme ahead of the 2009 Confederation Cup and FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has provoked angry reactions from some foreign nationals in the country, as it is exclusively for South Africans.

They said this underlined the fact that promises by organisers of the two big events that the football tournaments would be African were hollow as only locals were being recruited.FIFA and the South African local organising committee recently launched a massive volunteer recruitment drive in Gauteng province.

“Eligibility for the volunteer programme is open to any South African citizen who will be 18 years old or older on or before March 1, 2009,” said a statement from the province, which will offer the bulk of the volunteers.

“That flies in the face of promises that they are organising a Confederation Cup and World Cup for Africa. They cannot be for Africa if other foreign nationals are left out,” said Nigeria-born Mnnandi Ndukwe.

Charity Ndlovu, a Zimbabwean national, echoed similar sentiments.She urged the organisers to tap into the expertise of foreign nationals so as to enhance the success of the international tournaments.”There are a lot of foreign nationals in South Africa. I believe if they are incepted into such programmes, South Africa can only move forward. The programme could have been used as an opportunity to bury the ghost of xenophobia,” she said.

Mozambican Alexis Armando said he was hopeful the authorities would reverse their decision for the good of Africa.The Confederation Cup, which will be held for the first time on the continent, will take place from June 14-28 next year and will be seen by many as a dress rehearsal for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Organisers of the two tournaments aim to recruit thousands of volunteers to offer services in areas such as information technology, media, accreditation, spectator services, transport, hospitality, logistics and administration.Meanwhile, Gauteng Province, which will play the biggest role when South Africa hosts the Confederation Cup, has set up more than 70 access centres to recruit volunteers for the tournament.

There are 42 such facilities in Johannesburg, spread across its regions, and 32 in Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa’s office said.

The access centres are open from Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 4 pm. –CAJ News.

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