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World Cup in Africa – 2010

• Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe are collectively using the World Cup to develop the seven transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in the region. This TFCA route will offer tourists the unforgettable experience of two oceans, vast landscapes, major rivers, deserts, canyons, mountains and diverse cultures across the nine countries in one trail. 2010 TFCA developments include joint marketing, development of services and packages, investment and infrastructure and ease of movement for tourists across borders.

• Some accommodation will be contracted from South Africa’s neighbours.

• The 2010 World Cup is stimulating development in neighbouring countries. For instance, Mozambique will spend $51 million on the rehabilitation of a railway line between Maputo and South Africa, and is also upgrading its road network. Mozambique is investing $600 million in new hotels, casinos and other leisure facilities.

• The New Partnership for Africa’s Development Information and Communications Technology Broadband Infrastructure Net (Uhurunet) is a $2-billion submarine cable to connect Africa directly to India, the Middle East, Europe and Brazil. The 50 000-km cable will reduce the telecommunications costs in Africa. The cable will be completed to provide telecommunications for the 2010 World Cup.