input by and concerns of Joe Public around the 2010 World Cup have a
public forum in the guise of the Local Organising Committee Stakeholder
monthly meetings at City Hall.
The most recent meeting took place yesterday 31 March and most concerns
revolve around the affect that the World Cup will have on businesses in
the Fan and World Cup exclusion zones, the sad state of our beachfront
amenities and the ‘marginilisation’ of local artists.
In reply to an enquiry around the concerns of business and specifically
if there was a forum or telephone number that they could call to
attempt to resolve any queries the reply was; “We are planning a forum
to inform business and residents well in advance.” Local LOC Marketing
Manager, Putco Mafani suggested that, in the meantime, business people
contact the local LOC offices.
The concern shared by many businesses is that FIFA will force them to
remove competing advertising from outside their businesses and,
according to LOC Chairman Errol Heynes, a policy of “Business as usual”
will be adopted. i.e. what exists now and is part of normal business is
in order, but, should a business erect a new huge advertising billboard
of a competing product then action will be taken.
A representative from FIFA will be in POrt Elizabeth on 8 April in
order to speak about the rights and branding around the FIFA World Cup
2010. This briefing session for all affected business owners and
residents in the North End area in close proximity to the NMB Stadium
will serve as an information sharing session to discuss Rights
Protection Programme (RPP) issues and concerns and address the
implementation of the RPP over the FIFA World Cup™ period. Details of
the briefing session are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 8 April 2010
Venue: NMB Stadium, Level 1, Mixed Zone
Parking: Steboneath Road – Entrance to be used: Gate AB
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Interested and affected parties to confirm attendance with Mrs Jodi
Swanepoel on 041 503 7560 on or before Wednesday, 07 April 2010.
The residents present were informed that the municipality has plans to
attend to the derelict Kings Beach and ‘Smarties Train’ area by turning
it into a mini soccer area before the commencement of the world cup.
In some good news for Govan Mbeki business it was stressed that
football fans (especially the English) would congregate at the Fan
Meeting Place on Market Square (sic – Vuyisile Mini Square) in a search
for ‘beer and beautiful girls’ before walking along Govan Mbeki Avenue
to the stadium for the matches all starting at 4:00 p.m.
Business and residents are urged to check the FIFA Host City World Cup
web site first for answers to questions that you may have.