Final footie deals done

7 June 2010

8 June 2010 | Neil Oelofse

In a last minute deal ahead of the World Cup opening game on 11 June, the South African government has stockpiled a 30,000 ton spot market purchase from Russian oil firm Lukoil.

South Africa has also struck a deal with Eskom to guarantee uninterrupted supply of electricity to key World Cup installations.

The new stadia will not place any additional stress on the national power grid because generators are their primary power source, but Eskom is set to provide back up.

These measures come at the end of a long procurement initiative for the World Cup in South Africa. A transport upgrade costing R19 billion ($2.4 billion) has seen the construction of new roads and resurfacing of existing routes, along with the provision of 418 new trains and 970 buses, over and above the 1,100 buses and 800 midi-bus taxis already in operation.

State-of-the-art military information and communications technology has been procured to help manage security arrangements.

Once the World Cup is over the technology will be used in day-to-day crime fighting, authorities say. The system includes mobile command centres able to receive live video feed from manned and unmanned aircraft, as well as helicopters and fixed surveillance cameras.

The procurement effort has extended to the health service, with a major upgrade to the National Health Operations centre linking the nine provinces for real-time monitoring and co-ordination of the health plan roll out. Dispensing machines for basic medication purchases have been placed at the stadia and pharmacies will be open 24 hours.

Hundreds of trained volunteers and professional health personnel will also be on standby on the major routes. Measures have been put in place to monitor ports of entry for health-related problems and vaccines have been procured to deal with disease outbreaks, including flu vaccines.

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