December 17, 2017


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Reflections and Lessons Learnt from 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

As a conclusion to the series I did about the projects executed in preparation for the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP, it is also necessary to do some reflections on lessons learnt. Success, pride and unity – could these words describe the effect of staging the 2010 FIFA World Cup?

If a successful event, pride and unity were part of the objectives, they have been achieved.  All South African felt proud to be the host country and they stood united behind their team, Bafana Bafana or any other team that they have supported throughout the tournament.  FIFA, teams and visitors were appreciative of the extent of South Africa’s preparations to stage a successful event.

2010 Cape Town Soccer Stadium

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan stated that South Africa’s government spent more than R33-billion over a period of four years on infrastructure and preparation for the World Cup. Close to R12-billion was spent on stadium infrastructure, R11-billion on transport infrastructure, and R1.5-billion on event broadcast and telecommunications.

Gordhan was of the opinion that it has increased the productivity of the people of South Africa, and that all the investment is part of the development and long-term planning for the country. It has earned us the reputation of a country that can actually deliver, and that is good for future growth

An estimated 130 000 jobs, most of them leading up to the World Cup, were created in the construction, roads and transport and hospitality industry.

According to the economist Dr A Saville some of the immediate positive results for South Africa were:

  • 66 000 jobs were created in construction alone earning an average of R10 000 per month.
  • More than R2 billion went to low-income households as a result of job creation
  • Skills upliftment and more people in the formal sector
  • Increased economic growth in the preceding years

The 2010 capital projects such as stadia, airport terminals and transportations infrastructure were exemplary and as good as counterparts anywhere in the world.

Many lessons were also learnt about the National Security and Communications components of projects of this magnitude as reported by Brigadier S de Beer.  Preparations for communications started in 2004 at the same time as the broader security measures.  Communication formed an integral part of the planning committee and was supported from the top.

The 300 member team that was responsible for security pooled from their collective experience and they used the channels that were created to keep each other informed. Potential risks were evaluated and mitigation steps were discussed on a daily basis.  Major lessons learnt here was the value of planning, tireless training and the simulation around all potential security scenarios.

According to Peter Richards, Managing Director of DV Project Management, some of the biggest lessons learnt came from trying to keep the projects aligned in a continuously shifting environment, both internal and external. Internal constraints related to financial resources where requirements far exceeded initial estimates and human resources were frequently stretched beyond required levels of competency.

A post-event survey conducted by FIFA confirmed their belief that hosting the event in South Africa would be a huge success. The survey results indicated that 83% of the tourists expressed an intention to return to the country and 94% said they would recommend a visit to South Africa to their friends and family. Visitors commented positively on the atmosphere in South Africa. This is a very positive outcome for the Tourism sector in South Africa.

In addition to experiencing pride and unity, the friendliness, hospitality and successful hosting of the event will be long remembered by all!  And I believe many more lessons were learnt and would provide useful input to similar projects in future.

3 Main Benefits From 2010 Soccer World Cup

The time has arrived for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to start in South Africa. Visitors have arrived from all over the world. There is big excitement among South Africans, even with those who are not soccer fans, because the South Africans like to unite behind their national sport teams!

How will South Africa benefit from hosting the World Cup?

With the FIFA World Cup being hosted in Africa for the first time, the question has always come up everywhere. How will South Africa, and the African continent benefit from hosting the soccer World Cup? To me it seems that the 3 main benefits are:

  1. Job creation: It has been estimated that the 2010 Fifa World Cup will sustain an estimated 695 000 jobs.
  2. Economy boost: An estimated gross impact of R93-billion on South Africa’s economy.
  3. Tourism: A projected 373 000 foreign tourists will visit South Africa during the World Cup, each spending an estimated R30 200 on average per trip.

However, the indirect benefits from improved perceptions abroad could have an even greater, longer-lasting impact, not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. A successful soccer World Cup will help change the perceptions that a large number of foreign investors hold of Africa. South Africa will prove once again that it can live up to its commitments and create a better future for all South Africans.

If you are also excited by the soccer World Cup 2010, please visit Total Soccer Fitness for a step-by-step guide to creating your own custom made, soccer conditioning program aimed at players and coaches.
I wish all the visitors to our beautiful country, and especially to Cape Town, a wonderful and memorable stayTable Mountain South Africa. Enjoy watching the games and come back to visit us again.

About the author: Linky van der Merwe is a Project Management Consultant and an IT Project Manager with more than 11 years Project Management experience.

She consults with business owners and service professionals about project management tools and processes, best practices and successful delivery through projects.  She can be reached at

For an interesting soccer world cup overview, visit South Africa Info.

2010 FIFA World Cup Aims To Score ‘Green’ Goals

Today I want to share about the success of a FIFA World CupGreen’ Project that was undertaken by the City of Cape Town.  If you are a ‘green’ supporter, this would make for an interesting read, even if a bit long. As part of the preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ a greening programme was implemented to make the soccer world cup as environmentally responsible as possible.

2010 world cup green project

The programme, called Green Goal 2010, is supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), Norway, Germany and the United Nationals Environment Programme (UNEP) and was arranged by FIFA’s Organising Committee in collaboration with local government.

What is the Green Project all about?

It incorporated measurable, sustainable development principles into every aspect of the event, including energy, waste, water, transport and hospitality.

An action was developed to implement the programme, with indicators, milestones, budgets, potential partners, timelines and targets for 43 projects that formed part of the event.

This was developed after a series of German sponsored workshops and discussion forums with experts, stakeholders and interested parties, and is a collaborative output between the Western Cape Provincial Government and the City.

The action plan focuses on stadium and city-wide greening initiatives, biodiversity awareness raising, landscaping issues, green procurement processes and ratings for the hospitality industry, carbon offset targets, integrated waste management, the new urban park and communication.

Why the Green Project?

The aim was to make 2010 the greenest world cup yet, not only to offset the impact that the event itself will have on the environment (such as greenhouse gas emissions), but to set the standard for future events of this kind.

2010 world cup green project

The Green Goal 2010 action plan identified nine areas with projects for implementation. These are:

  1. Energy conservation and climate change – Minimise the carbon footprint of the 2010 event
    1. Determine the carbon footprint of the 2010 event
    2. Identify and implement carbon offset project(s) in Cape Town/Western Cape
    3. Install energy efficient technologies in stadia and training venues, and at fan parks and Public Viewing Areas (PVAs)
  2. Water – Minimise the use of potable water and promote conservation of water resources
    1. Identify alternative sources of water for irrigation of the Green Point Common
    2. Install water saving devices in the stadium and at the training venues [Read more…]

2010 FIFA World Cup Projects in Cape Town

Some of the biggest projects that were launched in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were the projects in Cape Town.

2010 Cape Town Soccer Stadium

Cape Town, the city with a vista of mountains, the ocean and scenic beauty, is committed and excited to be one of the host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. As Cape Town prepares for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, large infrastructure projects within the city included:

  • demolition and reconstruction of the Green Point Stadium,
  • expenditures on roads and other transport infrastructure such as rail and airport services.

With the official FIFA slogan in mind: “Using Football to Touch the World”, a business plan was drawn up in preparation for a number of projects. The business plan is based on three strategic pillars:

  • compliance with FIFA requirements for hosting the games;
  • optimizing the developmental impact and leaving a legacy, and
  • maximizing the promotional and positioning opportunities: leverage what the Western Cape has to offer, visually, and in terms of history, arts, culture, music, cuisine, entertainment and activities.

Project: The Green Point Soccer Stadium

Construction of the breathtaking new Cape Town Stadium, located on the Green Point Common between the twin icons of Table Mountain and Robben Island, began in March 2007.

In just 33 months, joint contractors Murray and Roberts and WBHO completed the massive project at a cost of R4.4-billion or approximately US$600-million. The project architects were an association between GMP Architects of Germany and two local firms, Louis Karol and Associates and Point Architects.

Some quick facts about this project:

  • 96,000 cubic metres of concrete were used
  • The roof has a total weight of 4,700 tons
  • Some 9,000 glass panels were used to cover 37,000 square metres of roof
  • 500 toilets and 360 urinals
  • 115 entry turnstiles
  • 16 lifts
  • More than 2,500 workers were employed on site during construction, and almost 1,200 artisans received training from the contractors

All systems of the 68 000-seater have been tested and the brand new stadium is now ready to welcome the world to “the greatest show on earth”.

Project: Western Cape’s Public Transport System

As part of preparations for 2010, a plan has been implemented for a fully integrated transport solution for Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape. The multimillion dollar restructuring will integrate rail, bus and minibus taxi transport. The project involves an intelligent transport system (ITS) encompassing route monitoring, fleet management and passenger information and an integrated fare management system, including an integrated ticketing system.

Cape Town International Airport

Approximately $186 million was invested in the facelift of Cape Town International Airport by 2009. Upgrades included a new terminal, an elevated road, a plaza for public transport, air bridges and a multi-story parking structure.

Project: Tourism

The 2010 FIFA World Cup presented a number of good tourism development opportunities in Cape Town and the surrounding area. These included: A $2.7 million destination tourism marketing strategy, which aims to market Cape Town and the Western Cape as the preferred destination for 2010 Soccer World Cup spectators and participating teams. A $1.4 million Film Strategic Plan involving media workshops and the development of visual archives and information, and development of Cape Town & Western Cape Film Festival. There will also be Customer Service Training for front-office staff, with the development of a Call Centre for information management and customer relations.

If you are also excited by the soccer World Cup 2010, please visit Total Soccer Fitness for a step-by-step guide to creating your own custom made, soccer conditioning program.
Jabulani soccer ball

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About the author: Linky van der Merwe is a Microsoft Project Management Consultant and an IT Project Manager with more than 11 years Project Management experience.

She consults with business owners and service professionals about project management and project processes, best practices and successful delivery through projects.  She can be reached at

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