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Tent City has full support


TENT City, a tent camp for visitors to stay during the FIFA 2010 World Cup™, has the full support of the City of Johannesburg, as well as that of various service providers.

"We are very happy that the City has emphasized the importance of providing affordable but world-class accommodation to fans who will come to South Africa to be part of the ... tournament," said the Tent City consultant, Barry Mackay.

"Departments including City Power, Joburg Water, City Parks, Pikitup as well as emergency management services and Johannesburg metro police, among many others, have confirmed once again that Tent City is a priority with approximately 25 other initiatives that have been marked as highly important projects relating to the tournament."

All of these departments have given an assurance that they will provide their full services to contribute to Tent City as well as attend to the concerns of the residents in the neighbouring suburbs of Waverley, Highlands North Extension 1 and Abbotsford.

"I feel confident that the community will be looked after during the six-week period around the tournament when Tent City is up and running," he said.

Residents in these suburbs have raised concerns regarding traffic, noise and pollution.

"We are fully aware that fans residing at Tent City will bring a colourful mixture of nationalities and cultures. But in the end, they are here to enjoy their stay in South Africa and we hope the community will share in that joy."

Mackay felt it was important that residents in these three suburbs were aware of the progress of Tent City.

"From mid-March onwards, we will produce a fortnightly newsletter that will be delivered to the approximately 800 households in the aforementioned suburbs. In this newsletter we will communicate the progress we are making."

An email address has been established - - to which residents can submit ideas, concerns or opinions for the attention of Tent City management. "We hope that, by communicating with them, we will find solutions for each and every issue that are acceptable to all parties involved."

Tent City has received bookings from fans from as far as Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom. It will be open from 4 June to 16 July near the busy M1 highway at Waverley Park, Waverley, on the northern side of Johannesburg.

Accommodation at Tent City will cost from €40 (about R400) per person per night. This includes a secure access card, a bed, a mattress and a pillow in a shared tent, a secure locker, ablution facilities and access to all amenities.

Services that will be provided include hot showers, onsite restaurants with live entertainment, a laundry service, a convenience store and an internet cafe.

Over 100 buses have been made available by the Gauteng Tour Operators' Association to provide transport to and from stadiums, city hotspots and tourist destinations around the country.

For bookings, visit the Tent City website.