Transport in South Africa for 2010 World Cup
There are 10 international airports in South Africa, namely Cape Town, Alexander Bay, Bisho, Durban, East London, George, Phalaborwa, Pietersburg, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The Inspection Group for FIFA when looking at the possibility of hosting the World Cup South Africa,
approved Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town for use as all four complies with international Standards and have the runway capacity to take the largest aeroplanes which are used on most international routes.
Even so there are improvement works being carried out at Cape Town International and Johannesburg International, mainly with new access routes and parking facilities. South Africa’s other airports are not currently equipped for taking international commercial flights, but are equipped to handle internal flights.
One thing that air traveller should know before getting on the plane to South Africa, is that we have one of the worst records in the world for baggage theft and it is not advised to put any valuable goods in your luggage which is to be checked into the hold of the plane, we would also advise that you put locks on your baggage and get them wrapped in the plastic selophane that is offered at most international airports. More information on safety in South Africa during Wold Cup. Guide to Getting Around in South Africa
South Africa has excellent major roads and traveling by car or bus between the main World Cup host cities is possible although the distances are vast. South Africa has some 7 200km of national roads and over 50 000km of provincial roads.
Although travelling by road is generally safe, there are a few things you should be aware of. Always keep your doors locked. Never drive alone late at night, or if you have to make sure someone knows where you are and what time to expect you to arrive, hi-jacking is a problem in South Africa. Never stop for anyone, even if it looks like they are broken down, this is often just a ploy to get you to stop. Another thing that Europeans may not be used to is people - and occasionally heards of cows - running across the highways - keep your eyes open and focus on the road at all times. More information on Car Hire in South Africa.
Public transport in the cities
Public transport in South Africa’s cities is quite poor, with no underground trains, trams or regular bus services. Taxis are available but possibly not in the quantity that could be required for the World Cup. Mini bus taxis are also available, although these are busy already with the daily commuting of South Africans to there work places. The South African public transport system is under review currently so that it can hopefully be more effective by 2010. However the most reliable source will probably be to hire a car.
There are over 6 000km of rail tracks throughout South Africa. All but 2 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup proposed venues are not connected by railways, the rail service is also under review, as currently it is a bit unreliable and services are not very regular.
South Africa ’s major seaports include Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and Cape Town. Passenger ships can be easily accommodated in these ports, although it is not a common way for people to travel to South Africa, again as the distance involved would make the sea journey very long, approximately 2 weeks from the UK.
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