Thursday, June 17, 2010

During SWC South Africa's infrastructure fails

The government has urged fans to avoid road congestion by using public transport, which received a R40bn upgrade ahead of the tournament.

SHOOT: There's not much in the news about aggrieved fans stranded until 3am on trains with no electricity but you can bet it was a miserable experience. Yes we built stadiums, but we were really ready to host these games when we can't even keep the lights on?
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Metrorail trains were forced to switch from electric to steam locomotives because of the power cut, delaying the last two trains by between two and three hours with the last fans only arriving at 03:30, said Tumisang Kgaboesele, head of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
"We are very concerned. We have already apologised to our customers," he told AFP.
Metrorail ferried 13 600 people to and from Pretoria's Loftus Versfeld stadium on Wednesday for the Group A match.
South Africa suffered national blackouts in January 2008 that raised alarms about the nation's ageing electricity system.
The 10 World Cup stadiums each have generators to ensure power supplies during matches.
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