Challenges to full participation faced by the SMMEs were to be addressed at the conference, which was also aimed at building a partnership in identifying interventions to ensure broader economic partici- pation and growth of the SMMEs sector in the context of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The conference was to be attended by stakeholders from government, business and organised labour.
It was expected that the conference would also develop a holistic approach to economic development initiatives and also clarify the roles of the public and private sectors in exploiting these opportunities.
LOC CEO Danny Jordaan said at a media conference last week that one of the key issues when building the infrastructure was to ensure that it was a sustainable economic legacy for SMMEs after 2010.
Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality manager Patrick Flusk noted at the same media conference that even though it was not a host city, Ekurhuleni had an airport as a key entry and exit point to and from South Africa and had signed an agreement with Airports Company South Africa to ensure that safety and security were maintained at the airport.
“We are hard at work developing roads, infrastructure, public transportation systems and electricity infrastructure. Over the next three years, we will be investing R4-billion in infrastructure for 2010 to ensure that the legacy is left for our community, as well as creating jobs,” added Flusk.
Ekurhuleni had also identified three stadiums as legacy projects, and these would be upgraded to acceptable norms of all sporting codes in order to ensure sustainability beyond 2010.
The LOC’s Itumeleng Dlamini said that, for the first time, FIFA was willing to use nonhotel accommodation, which would open up opportunities such as bed-and-breakfast establishments.