ByÂ Funmi Komolafe
GENEVA â€” South Afri caâ€™s hosting of the World Cup in 2010 has turned a great blessing to South Africa in many areas especially in terms of labour engagement.
South Africaâ€™s deputy president, Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe, said in Geneva yesterday that the countryâ€™s preparations for the World CupÂ have helped to create numerous job opportunities for the unemployed in his country.
Motlanthe who spoke during a vice-presidential panel on â€œManaging the national jobs agenda in times of crisisâ€ said that South Africaâ€™s hosting of the World Cup has â€œmade the government to improve on infrastructure.Â Our road network, stadia are already workingâ€.
The deputy president said, â€œIn MarchÂ $90 billionÂ was provided for infrastructure and development. We believe by developing infrastructure andÂ using labour intensive mechanism, we can shield our people from global crisisâ€.
Apart from this, the South African deputy president said his country has been doing its best to maintain existing infrastructure thereby keeping people on their jobs.
The moderator, Mr. Charles Hudson of the Cable News Network ( CNN), confirmed that South Africa has a road network that is comparable toÂ many countries in Europe.South Africa is scheduled to host the 2010 World Cup.
It will be the first time that an African country would host the world cup.