Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hotel Shortages in Durban; Neighbors Pledge Energy for World Cup

Durban is expected to need almost 20,000 additional hotel rooms by the time the World Cup begins next year. In other news, neighboring nations have pledged to contribute power to South Africa during the 2010 event to ensure there are no shortages or blackouts.

More than 35 000 hotel rooms have been pledged to accommodate visiting football fans during the 2010 Fifa World Cup and more than 19 000 are still needed.

With 408 days left until the football showpiece gets under way, South Africa's neighbours have also pledged to help ensure an adequate power supply for the World Cup, Eskom said on Monday.

"The Southern African Power Pool (Sapp) on Tuesday pledged to support South Africa ... in areas of generation, transmission, customer contributions and demand side management initiatives at a meeting that took place in Maputo, Mozambique."

Countries that make up the Sapp include Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Durban short of 2010 beds
Independent Online
April 28, 2009