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Afcon to unveil transport plan

The LOC for the 2013 Afcon is expected to unveil its transport strategy for the tournament on Monday.

African Cup of Nations

JOHANNESBURG - The African Cup of Nations’ (Afcon) Local Organising Committee (LOC) is expected to unveil its transport strategy for the tournament on Monday.

The LOC has been locked in talks with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), which owns Metrorail and bus services TransLux and City to City, in an effort to come up with a plan to ferry soccer fans to games.

LOC spokesperson Sipho Sithole admitted preparations for the tournament had been dogged by delays.

“There have been hiccups with the marketing and publicity of the tournament.”

But Sithole assured spectators of a smooth transport system and said host cities had pitched in to ensure that happened.

He said the LOC was shown all transport modes to be used to transport fans in, including the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System, trains and taxis.

The LOC is confident that despite arrangements only being finalised this week, the transport system will be efficient.

Afcon begins on Saturday at the National Stadium in Johannesburg where Bafana Bafana take on Cape Verde.

South Africa took over as hosts after Libya had to withdraw because of political turmoil.

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