Saturday, March 21, 2009

Officials Concerned About Low Ticket Sales Amongst South Africans

Deputy President Baleka Mbete is urging South Africans to buy tickets for the 2010 World Cup, as well as the Confederations Cup tournament that's scheduled to begin June 16, 2009.

She said that countries like America, Europe and Japan were showing much more interest in tickets than local supporters.

"We really are not happy at the rate at which people are buying tickets. It will be sad to have our stadiums full of people from elsewhere and not of people from here," she said.

During an inter-ministerial committee meeting on 2010 in Pretoria where host cities and stakeholders reported on their readiness for the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, some concerns have arisen over on e of the four host cities for the Confederations Cup.

Mbete said the committee was happy with the progress except for the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit. The other three host cities had reported that they were on track.

Mbete urges locals to buy 2010 tickets
Independent Online
March 19, 2009