With little over one week left until volunteer applications for the 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ close on 31 August, people the world over are responding in their numbers as applications fast approach the 50,000 mark.
To date 47,251 applications have been processed through FIFA.com since the volunteer programme opened on 20 July 2009, fast nearing the number ofÂ 48,167 applications receivedÂ for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Averaging 1,500 applications per day, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) Volunteer programme is set to break the 50,000 mark by the cut-off date at the end of August, after which the 15,000 volunteers needed for the 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ will be selected.
For the Chief Executive Officer of the OC, Dr Danny Jordaan, the enormous response from South Africa and around the world is an indication of the excitement around the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
â€œWe are honoured by the tremendous response we have received. We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls. They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africaâ€™s capabilities to the world,â€ said Jordaan.
Jordaan also stressed the importance of the volunteers to the success of the football spectacular, referring to them as the, â€œface of the World Cup â€“the first and last point of contact for the many visitors expected during the tournament.â€
Johannesburg is leading the pack in terms of applications with a grand total of 11,969 volunteers across the two venues of Ellis Park and Soccer City while Tshwane/Pretoria has an impressive 6,176 applications.
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth (4,752) and Cape Town (4,356) are not far behind with Durban currently sitting at 3,971. Despite the high number of applications, anyone still wishing to apply to be a volunteer for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is encouraged to do so as the OC volunteer department is still looking for more volunteers with specific skills including those with driverâ€™s licenses wishing to work as transport volunteers.