South African President Thabo Mbeki has moved to dispell fears that the country will host a successful football World Cup in 2010.
There had been suggestions that the recent wave of power cuts would affect the tournament, but Mbeki said the problem would be resolved shortly.
“I have absolutely no doubt that we will honour our undertaking to Fifa and the world community of soccer players and lovers to create all the necessary conditions for the holding of the best ever Fifa Soccer World Cup tournament,” he said.
He apologised for the scale of the problems caused by the power cuts and said they would be resolved “in a relatively short period”.
“It is… necessary to take this opportunity to convey to the country the apologies of both the government and [state power utility] Eskom for the national emergency.”