PRASA backs SA 2010

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reached an agreement with FIFA to become a national supporter of the 2010 World Cup.

The agreement is set to enhance PRASA's ability to transport members of the public to matches at the 2009 Confederations Cup and during the World Cup itself. The Doornfontein Station is the first in a number of passenger rail station upgrades to be undertaken by PRASA as part of a multi–million rand programme, which aims to refurbish the station network around the country leading to the World Cup and beyond. Other stations undergoing major upgrades are Nasrec, Cape Town, Langa, Kwa–Mashu and Orlando. PRASA is also building new train stations, such as Moses Mabhida (Durban) Windermere (Cape Town) and Rhodesfield (Johannesburg), which are due to be completed in the first quarter of 2010. PRASA chief executive officer Tshepo Lucky Montana said: "The unveiling of Doornfontein station is an important milestone in our massive capital programme leading to 2010. Our capital programme is modernising our infrastructure and increasing our capacity to meet the expectations of the travelling public and the thousands of football loving fans expected to attend the Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. "He added: "The national supporter agreement will place PRASA at the centre of public transport arrangements across the country, and will enhance PRASA's ability to move passengers to stadia and across cities efficiently. It will allow us to communicate our capital and operational investments in support of these two FIFA tournaments swiftly in teamwork with FIFA, which will allow the travelling public to make their travelling decisions with ease, using our trains and buses. " First National Bank (FNB) and Telkom also currently make up the national supporter programme. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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