Mbeki attempts to ease WC concerns

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In his annual State of the Nation address in Parliament today, Mbeki acknowledged that the latest wave of load-shedding had raised concerns about the country’s ability to host the event as well as the Confederations Cup.

“I have absolutely no doubt that we will honour our undertaking to Fifa and the world community... to create all the necessary conditions for the hosting of the best ever Fifa soccer World Cup tournament.”

Mbeki said the country’s power shortage can be resolved speedily and he announced the launch of a campaign for energy efficiency, which will include implementing efficient lighting.