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With South Africa due to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MEI has plenty to bring you during June by choosing that particular exciting country as our theme.

Economic growth in South Africa has placed a considerable amount of strain on the country's infrastructure. The South African government has committed R17. 4bn to meet the infrastructure requirements of the FIFA World Cup and a total of R8. 4bn has been set aside for stadium construction with a further R9bn allocated for municipal transport, precinct upgrading, roads and rail services. South Africa's airports are also getting a facelift to the tune of R10bn. According to Grant Thornton's economic impact study, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will contribute at least R51. 1bn to the gross domestic product of South Africa between 2006 and 2010. The majority of this will come from construction and related activity. Grant Thornton estimates that construction jobs sustained by the event will amount to 218 600 jobs and additional contribution to GDP as a result of hosting the tournament will amount to the equivalent of 116 600 annual jobs. As well as looking ahead to the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MEI will look at other opportunities in South Africa through interviews with experts and case studies. In July, MEI will turn its attention to the role of Services at major events, so please e–mail us with your related news and discussion papers. Rachael Church–SandersEditorial Directorrchurch–sanders@majoreventsint. comFuture Themes and Advertising DeadlinesJULY – SERVICES (Friday 26 June)AUGUST – CHINA (Friday 31 July)SEPTEMBER – REGIONAL (Friday 4 September)OCTOBER – VANCOUVER (Friday 2 October)NOVEMBER – PEOPLE/RECRUITMENT (Friday 30 October)DECEMBER – AUSTRALIA (Friday 27 November)

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