2010 Safety and Security Plan

Cape Town's 2010 security plan to create more jobs

The City of Cape Town unveiled its extensive safety and security plan for the 2010 Soccer World Cup on 9 September 2009. More than 440 safety and security staff will augment the municipality’s current capabilities.

“The City’s safety and security resources have been significantly enlarged to the benefit of all Capetonians and visitors to the soccer tournament,” says Councillor JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security.”

These resources will be used for combating crime, reducing vehicle accidents, ensuring the free-flow of traffic, improving responses to medical and fire fighting emergencies and enforcing by-laws and other relevant legislation.

The City has worked with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to develop a strategy that complies with FIFA and the South African 2010 Organising Committee requirements.

“The operational plan will be tested at different events in the run-up to the final draw for next year’s tournament at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on December 4. Prior to the World Cup there will be three test events at the new stadium to ensure that all safety and security aspects have been thoroughly tested before the June kick-off,” says Smith.

More than 440 jobs will be created as part of the City of Cape Town’s safety and security plan.

Fire and Rescue Services have received seven new fire engines and is awaiting a new Hazmat vehicle and a hydraulic platform. In addition, 122 fire-fighters have been appointed.

The Disaster Risk Management team has acquired a new mobile Incident Command Vehicle for on-site emergencies, Smith said, adding that it was large enough to house representatives from all the relevant emergency services.

According to the plan, City Traffic Services have appointed 35 trained traffic officers and another 70 will be appointed soon. It has also acquired five Golf GTi patrol cars, 10 bicycles, protective clothing and equipment as well as 40 motorcycles.

Metro Police received 16 new Chev Optra sedans plus horse-box trailers for its equestrian unit, while the Law Enforcement received 19 bicycles, four mini-buses, four Chev Optra sedans, five Segways and a light delivery vehicle.

To ensure public awareness of the City’s safety approach to the world cup, the municipality will display the official Host City and 2010 FIFA World Cup logos on all the vehicles specially acquired for the tournament.

For more exciting news and information on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa browse our FIFA 2010 Section.

To keep up-to-date with 2010 World Cup developments subscribe to our Editor’s Picks Newsletter and follow us on Twitter @wcsoccer2010.

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