Brazil impressed by SA security

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A high–profile Brazilian police contingent has been in South Africa to discuss with their local counterparts ways in which to improve their security when the country hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

South African police Service spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said the delegation to the 2010 FIFA World Cup comprised of Brazil's minister of police, commissioner of police and organising committee security chief. " We have advised them on how we policed the entire event from the workings of our National Joint Operation Centre right to the provincial hubs. We roped in all departments, which included the police, army and government, and showed that for every plan, we instituted a contingency plan, " he said. South Africa and Brazil have already pledged to deepen trade and commercial ties in another sign of emerging countries gradually shifting their economic dependence away from rich nations. At the end of a six–country tour of Africa – his 12th trip to the continent – Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva told South African counterpart Jacob Zuma that developing economies had to tear down barriers to trade. " I told Comrade Zuma that we do not need to fear each other. We need to build things together. Then we will be less reliant on others and can build a stronger economy, " Lula said. Since coming to office in 2003, the former metal worker has worked hard to boost trade between Brazil and Africa to $26bn, a more than five–fold increase. Zuma praised Lula's commitment to the poorest continent, which has enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of growth in the last decade due to factors ranging from a boom in commodity prices, increased foreign investment and official debt forgiveness. Under Lula, the number of Brazilian embassies in Africa has doubled to 34. " President Lula has prioritised relations with Africa. Brazil has expanded its presence in Africa over the past 10 years, " Zuma said. Brazil is South Africa's largest commercial partner in South America, with trade of R19bn in 2009, and both leaders said those numbers were destined to rise. Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parriera said Brazil could use South Africa as an example to host one of the best FIFA World Cups in the world. " You can see the results, the hotels (and) roads were excellent and the base camps were good. Brazil has something to learn from South Africa even though we have different challenges. " South Africa did well in terms of human resources and material resources, everything was well planned and there was no major incident that showed that things were not done properly. ","43

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