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SADC to co-ordinate transport

2010-05-26 19:11
Maputo - South African transport officials will brief their Southern African Development Community counterparts on transport arrangements for the World Cup during talks in Mozambique from Wednesday.

"We want to ensure efficient, reliable public transport on the continent, because a lot of our brothers and sisters are coming to the FIFA World Cup," said transport department spokesperson Logan Maistry.

South Africa's 2010 transport co-ordinator Lusanda Madikizela would brief SADC transport officials on preparations.

A transport briefing has already been held in Ghana, North Africa. Ambassadors and high commissioners from African countries were briefed in Pretoria last week, Maistry said.

An African World Cup

"This is an African World Cup and South Africa is hosting it on behalf of the continent," he said.

"The (Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele) earlier said the World Cup is also an opportunity for Africa to take charge, therefore this communication and co-ordination is absolutely important."

The talks would be held in Pemba, the provincial capital of Mozambique's northern-most province Cabo Delgado, and would continue until Friday.

Apart from dealing with the World Cup, the briefing would also aim to "harmonise" development strategies in the transport and meteorological sectors, the Mozambican Department of Transport and Communications said in a statement.

There would be a revision of the implementation of decisions taken in May last year during meetings in Namibia to discuss the strategy for 2010-2011, the department said.

Government ministers, officials and the private sectors would attend.

Mozambique is a key country in the transport systems because of its development corridors in Nacala in the north, Beira in the centre and Maputo in the south of the country.

These provide access to the sea to the neighbouring countries of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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