World Cup preparations for the South African city of Durban are on schedule and everything for the tournament should be ready in two weeks, the city's manager said Monday.
Michael Sutcliffe, speaking to The Associated Press at the SportsAccord International Convention in Dubai, said King Shaka International Airport will be open this weekend and the Moses Mabhida railway station just outside the new 70,000-seat stadium will be open in 10 days. All road upgrades should be done by the middle of May, he said.
"The infrastructure, it's all there," Sutcliffe said. "You are getting a vibe happening."
Even the cable car at the stadium should be ready to go this week.
The cable car, on a 350-metre arch 106 metres above the pitch, has stalled eight times since it was unveiled, Sutcliffe said. As a result, the South African Department of Labour gave the city 60 days to ensure it was safe.
Officials have since determined the problem as a faulty data cable and are replacing it. The cable car should be up and running as early as Thursday, Sutcliffe said.
The World Cup opens June 11 and the first match in Durban is on June 13.
Built on a huge natural lagoon in Africa's biggest and busiest harbour, Durban is billing itself as the tropical locale for the tournament. It has a year-round subtropical climate, sandy beaches and is South Africa's most popular domestic holiday resort.
The draw was kind to sun-seeking fans from Germany, Australia, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal and Brazil, who all have games in the east coast city.