During the application period from 20 July 2009 to 31 August 2009, an average of 1,600 applications were received a day.
would like to thank the thousands of people who applied to be
volunteers. The programme has certainly proved to be hugely popular and
we are honoured by the incredible response we have received from around
the world,” said Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Organising Committee South Africa (OC), Dr Danny Jordaan in an official press release.
were received for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Final Draw in Cape Town in
December 2009 and the Football for Hope Festival in Alexandra which
will run concurrently with the 2010 FIFA World Cup next year.
two World Cup stadiums, Johannesburg came in with the most
applications, receiving a total of 16,280 applications for Soccer City
and Ellis Park. Tshwane/Pretoria (8,496), Nelson Mandela Bay/Port
Elizabeth (7.365), Cape Town (5,998) and Durban (5,148) came in close
behind. Nelspruit (5,781), Polokwane (5,503), Mangaung/Bloemfontein
(4,371) and Rustenburg (5,558) also had a good response.
was a strong response from outside of South Africa with Nigeria
producing the highest number of applications outside of the host
country with 750 in total. The USA followed with 554 applications and
Brazil was close behind with 489. Zimbabweans made 449 applications
while Italy also managed an impressive total of 414.
countries that saw a good response were Cameroon (375), Democratic
Republic of Congo (109) and Lesotho with 106.
total applications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, 67,999, exceeds the
48,167 volunteer applications received for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in
administrative support for the tournament has proved to be the most
popular functional area for applications, with 6,378 applications
received. Other popular functional areas include hospitality and
ushering services (5,537), Fan Park services (2,977) and information
technology and telecommunications (2,753). In order to assist with
hearing-impaired spectators, 83 volunteer hopefuls have applied to work
in sign language support.
The next step is for the applications to be screened. The interview process then begins in December.
volunteers will be interviewed by teleconference while host city
interviews will be conducted simultaneously at venues in each city.
the final selections have been made, the volunteers will then be
trained in their respective fields before the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks
Volunteer manager, Onke Mjo is happy that the application process ran
smoothly and took the time to thank those that ensured the success of
the application process.
would like to sincerely thank all the Host Cities for their efforts,
personnel and infrastructure that they provided for the volunteer
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) remains the
greatest supporter of the programme. They provided youth centres across
the country and trucks filled with laptops and personnel that travelled
across the country to ensure that we reached all communities of South
Africa in the volunteer drive,” said Mjo in the press release.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com